Amid coronavirus outbreak, India cancels valid visas to Chinese, foreigners who visited China
The Visa Section of the Embassy/Consulates of India in China can be contacted to ascertain the validity of visa before undertaking any visit to India, said the Indian Embassy in Beijing.
As the coronavirus death toll climbed to 425 with more than 20,000 cases globally, India on Tuesday further tightened visa rules by cancelling the existing visas for Chinese and foreigners who had visited the country in the last two weeks.
The virus has been confirmed in more than two dozen countries, including India since it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
India has reported three cases of the coronavirus. All the three patients from Kerala recently returned from the affected Wuhan city.
On February 2, India temporarily suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China in view of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.
Advisory:— India in China (@EOIBeijing) February 2, 2020
Due to certain current developments, travel to India on E-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect. This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China.
Holders of already issued E-visas may note that these are no longer valid.— India in China (@EOIBeijing) February 2, 2020
All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the Embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou,and the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities.
“All those who are already in India (with regular or e-visa) and had travelled from China after January 15 are requested to contact the hotline number of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Government of India (+91-11-23978046 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org,” said the announcement by the Indian Embassy in Beijing said.
About the validity of the visas, it said the “Embassy of India and our Consulates have been receiving several queries from Chinese citizens as well as other foreign nationals, who are based out of China or visited China in the last 2 weeks, as to whether they can use their valid single/multiple entry visas to travel to India.”
“It is clarified that existing visas are no longer valid. Intending visitors to India should contact the Indian Embassy in Beijing (email@example.com) or the Consulates in Shanghai (Ccons.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Guangzhou (Visa.email@example.com) to apply afresh for an Indian visa. Indian Visa Application Centres (www.blsindia-china.com) in these cities may also be contacted in this regard,” it said.
The Visa Section of the Embassy/Consulates of India in China can be contacted to ascertain the validity of visa before undertaking any visit to India, it said.
Currently, 647 Indians and seven Maldivians who have been evacuated from Wuhan and Hubei province are in 14-day quarantine at a medical camp in Manesar, near Delhi.