Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Indian visas of foreigners coming from China not valid, DGCA tells airlines

New Delhi: India visas of foreign nationals travelling from China are no longer valid. And anyone — Indians or foreign nationals after getting Indian visas on fresh application — returning from China will be quarantined.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday issued a circular to all Indian and foreign airlines operating flights to and from India after this “new visa advisory for travellers from China” was issued “in view of the evolving” coronavirus situation. The Bureau of Immigration says these restrictions are not applicable to Chinese passport holders of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
With India doing its best to prevent coronavirus spreading to the country, flights between India and China could get significantly impacted from Thursday. Among Chinese carriers, Shandong Airlines and Air China have suspended their flights to India and China Southern has reduced flights, said an official.
Among Indian carriers, Air India (Delhi to Hong Kong and Shanghai) and IndiGo (Delhi-Chengdu, Bengaluru-Hong Kong and Kolkata-Guangzhou) have suspended all their flights to China and Hong Kong. SpiceJet is the only Indian carrier still flying to Hong Kong and its crew takes a layover in Hong Kong after flying there from Delhi.
05/02/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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