India had imposed strict travel restrictions to the country as The World Health Organization(WHO) had declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. This was a decision taken when the affected cases of Coronavirus had progressed to 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,291 death total in 114 countries. India has faced 62 infected people with no confirmed deaths so far.

WHO had classified coronavirus as a global health concern on January 30 and had refrained from calling it a Global Pandemic with concerns that it may create unnecessary panic and chaos. The government had suspended all existing visas except for the diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment and project visas until April 15. All the OCI holders who had the privilege of Visa-Free travel facility for Overseas Citizens of India(OCI) had also been suspended.

Foreign nationals who need to travel to India on an urgent basis would then need to contact the nearest Indian Mission. This would include holders of medical visas. Apart from this, the government had made it mandatory for all the travellers arriving from countries such as China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain, and Germany after Feb 15. All the incoming travellers, including Indian Nationals, were advised to avoid non-essential travel and were informed that they would be quarantined for 14 days on arrival.

These rules are valid for those travelling to the country. Those who are already in India, the visa rules and the visa extension rules exist as normal.

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