COVID-19: FAQs On New Visa Restrictions for Indian Nationals

COVID-19: FAQs On New Visa Restrictions for Indian Nationals

Here is the travel advisory along with visa restrictions in the wake of epidemic due to COVID-19. There must be many questions on minds of Indian nationals who may want to visit India in current situation due to unavoidable reasons and there is a set of frequently asked questions and answers below for the needed.

ADVISORY: TRAVEL AND VISA RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19

The following visa restrictions shall come into effect from 1200 GMT of March 13, 2020; and shall remain in effect till April 15, 2020, or until further orders.

1. All existing visas, issued to nationals of any country except those issued to Diplomats, Official passport holders, those in UN / International organizations, those on Employment, Project visas and those who are operating aircrew of scheduled commercial airlines, and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended till April 15, 2020.

2. The restrictions for travel of non-exempted category foreign travelers to India shall be considered at the port of departure for onward journey to India of such traveler. Travel time to India may be in addition to the deadline of 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020.

3.  Visas of all foreigner nationals already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc of their visa or grant of any consular service.

4.  The validity of OCI cards of foreigners presently in India shall remain.

5.  Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders who are not in India presently, shall be kept in abeyance till April 15, 2020.  This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020 at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.

6.  Any foreign national (including OCI cardholder) who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission for fresh visa.  

7.   International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated Immigration Check Posts, to be notified separately by Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mandatory compliance of Travel Advisory issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India

1.   Passengers traveling from/having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries. This is in enforcement since 0000 hrs of 10th March, 2020 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside.

2.   All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

3.   Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.

4.    Indian nationals are further strongly advised to refrain from travelling to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Japan, France, Spain and Germany.

5.    All incoming international passengers returning to India should self-monitor their health and follow required do's and don's as detailed by the Government.

6.    International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated check posts with robust screening facilities.  These will be notified separately by Ministry of Home Affairs.

7.    All international passengers entering into India are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form in duplicate (including personal particulars i.e. phone no. and address in India) (as annexed) to Health Officials and Immigration officials and undergo Universal Health Screening at the designated health counters at all Points of Entry.

8.    For any queries related to health, people may contact Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 24*7 helpline number (+91-11-3978046) or email at (ncov2019@gmail.com).


FAQ ON NEW VISA RESTRICTIONS - COVID-19

INDIAN NATIONALS WHO WANT TO RETURN TO INDIA

1. Whether they will be quarantined upon arrival in India?

Only those who have visited China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or  after Feb 15, 2020 will be quarantined for 14 days.


2. Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory for Indians?

Only for those who are coming from Republic of Korea or Italy.


3. Whether Indians transiting through China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and  Germany be quarantined on arrival in India?

No. Transit through Airport is not considered stay.


INDIAN NATIONALS WHO WANT TO GO ABROAD

Whether Indians are allowed to go abroad?

Indians are strongly advised to avoid non essential travel to Corona Virus affected countries. On their return to India from affected countries China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany they will be mandatorily quarantined.


FOREIGNERS WHO ARE PRESENTLY IN INDIA


Whether they can extend their Indian visas before expiry?

Yes, they should approach their jurisdictional FRRO/FROs through e-FRRO (https://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/)


Whether they can go out of India and return back?

Yes they can go out of India. However, before April 15, 2020, they would require a fresh visa to enter India again.


FOREIGNERS WHO WANT TO COME TO INDIA

1. Which visa categories are allowed to enter India?

Those who hold Employment and Project visa, Diplomatic passport holders, Official passport holders, those in UN / International organizations.

2. Are dependents of exempted category visa category allowed?

No

3. Are infants/children who hold foreign passports but parents is Indian allowed?

No. They are required to get fresh visa from Indian Mission/Post.

4. Are Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives passport holders allowed?

Nepal and Bhutan nationals are allowed. Maldives nationals would require visa.
 
5. Are foreign nationals with RC/RP/Stay Visa allowed to enter?

Only those foreigners who have RC/RP/Stay Visa w.r.t Employment/Project Visas.

6. Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory ?

Only for those foreigners who are travelling to India from/visited Italy or Republic of Korea.

7. Can foreigners avail direct transit facility at Indian Airport?

Yes. However, even in transit, medical screening is mandatory.

8. Who is the competent authority to issue COVID-19 Negative Certificates in Italy and Republic of Korea?

Hospitals/Labs recognized by Govt of Italy and Republic of Korea respectively.



OCI CARD HOLDERS

1. Are OCI Card holders allowed?

No. They are required to get fresh visa from Indian mission/post.

2. Are infants/children who hold foreign passports with OCI cards but parents is Indian allowed?

No. Infants/Children are required to get fresh visa from Indian Mission/Post.

3. Whether OCI Card holders coming from/visited Republic of Korea and Italy require COVID-19 Negative Certificates?

Yes.


DIPLOMATS,OFFICIAL,UN/INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHERS


1 Are Diplomats, Official, UN/International Organization passports holders allowed to enter India?

Yes

2. Are dependents of Diplomats on normal passports allowed?

No

3. Are Diplomats, Official, UN/International Organization passports holders required to carry COVID-19 Negative Certificates if they arrive from Italy or Republic of Korea?

Yes.

4. Which are the International Organizations allowed?

UN Bodies and other recognized International organizations.

5. Foreign crew allowed on GD if they have visited China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after Feb 15, 2020 in their personal capacity?

No


*Data from Bereau of Immigration by Government of India

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