Coronavirus: India cancels all valid visas of Chinese and other foreigners who visited China

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Published: February 4,2020 03:41 PM
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India has cancelled all valid visas from China issued since January 15 after an outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus claimed over 400 in the neighbouring country.

February 4, 2020: India has cancelled all valid visas from China issued since January 15 after an outbreak of the deadly novel Coronavirus claimed over 400 in the neighbouring country.

Indian Embassy in Beijing tweeted on Twitter, "Embassy 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 It is clarified that existing visas are no longer valid".

As per reports, it has also asked all those who are already in India (with regular or e-visa) and had travelled from China after January 15 to contact the health ministry's helpline.

Reportedly, more than 20,000 people have so far been affected by the virus in China which has spread to 25 other countries. In India, three coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed, all of them from Kerala. China has so far reported 425 deaths due to the virus.

The Indian government has evacuated 647 Indians and seven Maldivians from Wuhan and Hubei province. They have now been kept under 14-day quarantine at a medical camp in Manesar, near Delhi. The Air India crew onboard the two evacuation flights have been sent on a week-long leave.

India has already issued a new travel advisory urging everyone to refrain from travelling to China, saying travellers on return could be quarantined.