Earlier on Wednesday, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 a global health pandemic, governments around the world started taking emergency measures to protect their citizens from the health pandemic.
The Government of India moved swiftly by suspending all tourist visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 (see statement below).
All incoming visitors including Indian nationals are advised against non-essential travel.
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“All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020,” it has said in the statement.
The order comes into effect from 1200 GMT on Friday, March 13.
Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid and they may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc of their visa or grant of any consular service, if they choose to do so.
A notification to this effect is being issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BOI).
India currently has a population of about 1.37 billion people and it will be disastrous if the virus spreads widely across cities, towns and villages in India.