Latest update on international travel in and out of India
By Chaitanya Kumar, SKC Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
India has made detailed pronouncements concerning travel into and out of the country. Broadly, the guidelines can be classified into the categories below:
1) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for movement of Persons Stranded in India
Only the following persons will be allowed to travel to the destination countries:
- Citizens of that country;
- Holders of visas of at least one-year duration of that destination country; and
- Green card or OCI holders.
The cost of travel will be borne by the travellers
2) SOPs for movement of Indian Nationals Stranded outside India
The Indian Government has issued guidelines for international arrivals on 24 May 2020, which are:
- Before boarding, all travellers shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days out of which 7 days are paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health except for exception and compelling reasons such as pregnancy, serious illness or children below 10 years in which home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days.
- Use of the Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases.
3) Other Norms or Restrictions
No airline will bring any passenger from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, or the UK, effective from 12:00 noon GMT on 18 March 2020 and passengers coming from the Philippines, Malaysia and Afghanistan effective from 15:00 pm IST on 17 March 2020 except for employment or project visa holders.
All international passengers entering into India are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration forms in duplicate (including personal particulars, i.e. phone number and address in India) (as annexed) to Health Officials and Immigration Officials and undergo Universal Health Screening at the designated health counters at all Points of Entry.
It is strongly advised not to travel for non-essential purposes.
Existing Foreigners who are currently in India should approach their jurisdictional FRRO/FROs to extend their visas.
Detailed guidelines are provided here or can be accessed directly from the Indian Government website here.
Chaitanya KumarGGI member firm
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Published: COVID-19 Newsflash 24th June 2020 l Photo: Юрий Красильников - stock.adobe.com