On Sunday, due to the extreme outbreak of coronavirus in China, India has suspended its e-Visas services to Chinese passport holders and applicants of other countries who are currently residing in the world’s most populated country. The announcement came after that update that coronavirus outbreak in China has killed more than 300 people with 14,000 infected and has spread to 25 other countries.
The embassy of India in Beijing said on Twitter “Due to certain current developments, travel to India on e-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect. This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China”.
Also, the already issued e-Visas have been invalidated by the Indian embassy. As per another tweet by Indian Embassy ” All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou, and the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities”.
As of now, the Indian government has successfully evacuated 600 Indian citizens out of which the majority was of students. They were found stranded in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei which is mainly seen as the epicenter of this major outbreak. So far, 10,000 cases infected by the deadly virus have been detected and reported as per the Reuters report. In Wuhan, 224 have been declared dead due to the disease as there is no vaccine for it till now.
647 Indians and 7 Maldivian citizens have been evacuated by special flights from coronavirus-hit Wuhan city. For evacuation, Air India’s jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan city which is the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic. On Saturday, 324 Indians were evacuated and on Sunday another 323 Indians and seven Maldivian citizens were flown back to their countries.
In India, two cases have been confirmed in the southern state Kerala. Those Indians who have been evacuated from Wuhan have been quarantined in centres in New Delhi and Haryana.