After the suspension of all tourist visas, due to the spread of coronavirus, the Indian High Commission in Wellington has released an advisory on who can profit from emergency visas and what conditions should be met for application.
In a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus India’s government decided to ban from entering all foreigners by temporarily suspending the tourist visas from March 13, 2020, until April 15, 2020, VisaGuide.World reports.
India’s visa ban has exempted holders of diplomatic visas, visas for international organizations, employment, and projects.
“Visa can be issued in compelling situations, which may include family emergencies, death of a family member, unavoidable business meetings, marriage in India (only bride/bridegroom and immediate blood-related family members), major sporting event, minor foreign passport holder of Indian nationals, etc.,” the travel advisory reads.
Indian High Commission in Wellington and the Consulate in Auckland revealed that since the country’s new decision for entry ban came into force, there has been a lot of confusion. At the same time, citizens made too many phone calls and visits to these two offices to provide more information.
Indian nationals who obtain the Indian passport can continue to travel in the country. However, health officials and authorities will decide if they may, or may not have to stay isolated for 14 days.
According to the government, Indian travellers who arrive from countries highly-affected by the virus will be subject to quarantine.
Earlier this month, India decided to restrict entry for Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan, known for their high number of people infected by COVID-19 pandemic.
Up to this point, 197 citizens in this country tested positive for the virus, while four persons have died and 20 of them have recovered.
More than 226,000 persons have been identified with coronavirus outbreak worldwide, while up to 9,000 have died, so far.