The government today imposed a blanket ban on passengers visiting India from EU (European Union), the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and the UK (United Kingdom), with effect from March 18.
The measures are being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus outbreak in India, which has seen more than 100 cases.
“No airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India,” a notification by the Health Ministry said.
It also expanded its 14-day quarantine rule to all passengers coming from UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait.
Previously, the government had imposed a mandatory quarantine for passengers coming from China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany.
“Both these instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till 31st March 2020 and will be reviewed subsequently,” the notification said.
An updated travel advisory has been issued by India on March 16, 2020. The advisory reads as follows:
In continuation of the travel advisory issued on 11th March 2020, the following additional advisory is issued:Advertisement
(i) Expanding compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days for passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 18th March 2020 at the port of first departure.
(ii) Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and United Kingdom to India is prohibited with effect from 18th March 2020. No airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India with effect from 1200 GMT on 18th March 2020. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure.
(iii) Both these instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till 31st March 2020 and will be reviewed subsequently.
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