India suspends tourist visas over coronavirus


India has suspended all tourist visas until April 15 in a bid to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

The decision, which comes into effect on Friday, March 13, covers existing visas as well.

The only exceptions are diplomatic and official visas as well as those issued for international organisations, employment and projects.

Meanwhile, the country has announced a minimum quarantine period of 14 days for all travellers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany.

It has also “strongly advised” Indian nationals to avoid all non-essential travel abroad.


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