India suspends most visas to due to coronavirus spread

Indian hospital security guards wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against coronavirus stand by the gate of the Government Medical College hospital in Jammu, India, 10 March 2020. The regional government has shut down public and private schools up to primary level untill 31 March. EPA-EFE/JAIPAL SINGH

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India has announced that all visas, barring a select few categories, will be suspended for a month in order to halt the spread of Covid-19.

The advisory, issued on Wednesday night, says that only diplomatic, official, employment and project visas will be exempt from the current restrictions, which will be reviewed again in a month.

Visa free travel afforded to overseas citizens of the country has also been suspended until 15 April.

The move is expected to impact tourism, hotel and aviation industries in what will be more bad news for the slowing economy.

India has 60 confirmed cases of the virus, the health ministry says.

This number is expected to grow in coming days, as the results for tests conducted earlier become available.


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