Guwahati: As fresh cases of Coronavirus have surfaced from across the country, the Indian government has issued new travel advisory, effective immediately, cancelling all visas/eVisas granted to nationals from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan on or before March 3. The restriction is for those who have not yet entered the country.
A high-level meeting of the ministry of civil aviation and the government of India chaired by Pradeep Singh Kharola, civil aviation secretary, and Arvind Singh, chairman, AAI, was held on Tuesday to review the preparedness towards implementation of latest instructions issued by the health ministry and bureau of immigration with reference to strict compliance regarding universal screening for COVID-19 (Corona Virus-2019).
The meeting was also attended by AAI Regional Executive Directors, Airport Directors and CEOs of Joint Venture airports. At regional HQ, Guwahati, Sanjeev Jindal, RED-NER & Ramesh Kumar, Guwahati airport director attended the meet.
Assuring of the measures undertaken in the region, Jindal said that in all 12 airports of the region trained medical staff have been posted for screening Coronavirus suspects. “We make sure that 100% international passengers are screened, apart from that, in other airports, like a recently saw in Lengpui Airport, Aizawl, that 100% domestic passengers are also screened, they even screened me.”
He said that as far as airports in NE are concerned, missing any doubtful victim of COVID-19 is not possible. Also, if there is any doubt on any passenger, then there is sterilised ambulance and sterilised ward ready for taking the doubtful patient. For Northeast, there is no confirmed case of Coronavirus reported so far.
Here is the new travel advisory:
– All regular (sticker) visas/e-visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan issued on or before March 3, 2020 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.
– Regular (sticker) visa/ e-visa granted to nationals of China, issued on or before February 5 were suspended earlier. It shall remain in force. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.
– Regular (sticker) visas/e-visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after February 1, 2020, and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. Those requiring to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to the nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.
– Diplomats, officials of the United Nations and other international bodies, OCI cardholders and aircrew from above countries are exempted from such restriction on entry. However, their medical screening is compulsory.
– Passengers of all international flights entering into India from any port are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form (including personal particulars i.e. phone number and address in India) and travel history, to health officials and immigration officials at all ports.
– Passengers (foreign or Indian) other than those restricted arriving either directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan must undergo medical screening at port entry.