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Coronavirus outbreak | Govt suspends all tourist visas until April 15

The health ministry said all travellers, including Indians who visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany, and arrived in India after February 15 shall be quarantined for a minimum 14-day period.

March 12, 2020 / 11:40 AM IST

The government said on March 11 that it will suspend all tourist visas in a sweeping attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus as cases across India continued to rise.

"All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, U.N./international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020," the health ministry said in a tweet.

The advisory said anyone with a "compelling reason" to travel to the country could contact their nearest Indian mission, but it was not clear if the ban would include short-term business visas.

The order will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13.