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Travel & visa restrictions related to COVID-19

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    5 March 2020

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    Cochin, India

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With regard to travel and visa restrictions related to COVID-19, the following advisories are issued for immediate implementation:

  1. All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before 03.03.2020 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect.  Such foreign nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs.  Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

  2. Regular (sticker) visa/e-Visa granted to nationals of Peoples Republic of China, issued on or before 05.02.2020 were suspended earlier.  It shall remain in force.  Such Chinese nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs.  Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

  3. Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to Peoples Republic of China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after 01.02.2020, and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect.  Such foreign nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs.  Those requiring to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

  4. Diplomats, officials of UN and other International bodies, OCI cardholders and Aircrew from above countries are exempted from such restriction on entry.  However, their medical screening is compulsory.

  5. All foreign and Indian nationals entering into India from any port are required to furnish duly filled self declaration form (including personal particulars ie phone no. and address in India) and travel history, to Health officials and Immigration officials at all port.

  6. Passengers (foreign and Indian) other than those restricted, arriving 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 of entry.

The above advisory may please be implemented immediately.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Seaport Immigration Cochin notice dated 3 March 2020

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