Coronavirus Advisory

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak - Travel Restrictions and Safety Measures

February 14, 2020

Delhi, India

The Government of India is closely monitoring the development of novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

For current information and guidance regarding this disease outbreak, visiting delegates are advised to consult the websites of the WHO and the National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

India Travel Restrictions

The Government of India has advised all travelers to and from mainland China to exercise caution and understands that the current strain of virus presents a global Public Health Emergency. In accordance with advisories, beginning January 25, 2020, the Government of India started implementing temporary measures to increase its abilities to detect and contain the coronavirus proactively and aggressively. These measures include:

  • All flights with travelers who have been in mainland China within the last 14 days will arrive at a select number of designated ports of entry;
  • Any traveler returning to India who has been in Hubei province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine, to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening
  • Any traveler returning to India who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening and self-quarantine to ensure they do not post a public health risk; and
  • Existing visas (including eVisas already issued) are no longer valid for any foreign national travelling from China.

Travel Advisory for China

The Government of India advises Indian citizens not to travel to China. If you do travel to China, you will be subject to additional screening and public health measures upon return to India. The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India will continue to closely monitor the situation in China and will revise travel advisories as conditions warrant. For additional information, refer to

Actions to Take

  • Consult the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India website for the most up-to-date health information;
  • Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying. Be aware that airline schedules are changing rapidly;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing; and
  • Seek medical care right away if you feel sick or were exposed to someone who has a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

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