Government suspends installation of electronic visa for those traveling from China

NEW DELHI: As the epidemic intensified with more than 305 deaths recorded in China alone, India suspended the installation of electronic visa for Chinese travelers and foreigners traveling from China on Sunday.

Due to certain current developments, traveling to India with electronic visas is temporarily suspended with immediate effect, he announced on Twitter in Beijing. “This applies to Chinese passport holders and applicants from other nationalities residing in the People's Republic of China. Holders of electronic visas already issued may take into account that these are no longer valid, ”he added.

While India has not yet suspended flights as the US did. In the US, the Indian embassy in Beijing has left an open window for emergency/major travelers from China to India. All those who have a compelling reason to visit India can contact the Indian embassy in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or, as well as the Indian visa application centers in these cities, the statement said.

An additional concern arose on Sunday when the Chinese government said it was tackling an outbreak of bird flu in, adjacent to Hubei province, the scene of the coronavirus outbreak.

On Sunday, India transported by air a second group of 323 stranded Indians and seven Maldivian citizens of Wuhan, bringing the number of people evacuated to 654. Indian air The 747 Jumbo made two flights to Wuhan, the zero zone of the coronavirus epidemic. On the first flight early Saturday, 324 Indians were evacuated, although a couple of people showing symptoms such as fever had to be left behind. Those who returned were kept in quarantine for two weeks, before they were allowed to leave.

Foreign minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Sunday, “Seven brought back with 323 Indians from Wuhan on the second Indian air flight today. Neighbourhood First at work again.” Maldives President Ibrahim Solih thanked the Indian government for the assistance.

India had already begun scanning visitors from China and Hong Kong. This has also been extended to travelers from Singapore and Thailand. So far, the virus has infected almost 15,000 people, while the first death outside of China was recorded in the Philippines. Two Indians, both of, have tested positive for a new coronavirus.

In the early days, the government had said there were almost 1,200 Indian citizens in Hubei province.