No international flights will be allowed to land in India – Coronavirus

Fill 2 copies of Indian coronavirus immigration health form with Passport, health info. Mandatory screening if flu like symptoms. OCI blocked. Indian visas cancelled.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  22 Mar, 20


Update 19 Mar, 2020: No international flights will be allowed to land in India from Sunday (22 Mar) for a week, the government announced today escalating measures to fight coronavirus, reports NDTV.

A weird decision to cut off India from world. This may mean that there are high number of unreported and untested Coronavirus cases roaming around in India.

This decision is weird because this will block Indian citizens from entering India too. They will be stateless for that one week! All other countries have designated airports for their citizens to land and come back in time of emergency.

Who all are not allowed to Travel to India?

India has blocked all passenger airline traffic from Europe including UK.

This includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, 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, United Kingdom effective 12.00 GMT on March 18,2020 at Port of Departure.

No airline will bring any passenger from Philippines, Malaysia and Afghanistan effective 15.00 IST on March 17, 2020 (Port of Departure).

Is transit from Europe allowed to reach India?

There will be no transit allowed through the countries in Europe and more as no aircraft will board passengers for India in these countries.

Who will be quarantined on arrival in India?

All passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait after 12.00 GMT on March 18, 2020 (Port of Departure) will be quarantined.

Those who have visited China, Republic of Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France and Germany on or after Feb 15, 2020 will be quarantined for 14 days.

Is COVID-19 Negative Certificate mandatory for Indians?

COVID-19 negative certificate is mandatory who are coming from
Republic of Korea or Italy.

Passengers from Italy will not be allowed to board flights to India effective 12.00 GMT on March 18, 2020 (Port of Departure).

Will Indian Citizens transiting through Europe & middle east be Quarantined?

Indian citizens will be quarantined for 14 days.

Are OCI Card holders allowed to enter India?

OCI Card holders are allowed to enter India at this time except from these restricted countries.

OCI holders in USA and Canada can visit India after taking a new visa from Indian embassy.

OCI holders in restricted countries cannot enter India at all.

Restricted Countries: All passengers coming from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, 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, United Kingdom effective 12.00 GMT on
March 18, 2020 (Port of Departure).

Passengers coming from Philippines, Malaysia and Afghanistan effective 15.00 IST on March 17,2020 (Port of Departure).

Are infants/children who hold foreign passports with OCI cards but parent is Indian allowed?

Parent with kids holding OCI card are not allowed to enter India if they are coming from restricted countries.

Infants/Children are required to get fresh visa from Indian embassy if they want to go to India from USA and Canada.

Can OCI Card holders from/visited Republic of Korea & Italy require COVID-19 Negative Certificates if they get new Indian visa?

You can enter India if you have got negative COVID-19 certificate and have received a new Indian visa from Indian embassy.

Indian government has issued a Coronavirus form that’s required to be filled in by each incoming passenger at any of the Indian airports.

You should print 2 copies of this form per passenger and carry it with you to avoid delays at Indian immigration counter. You need to submit one copy each at:

  1. Immigration counter.
  2. Health counter for Coronavirus checks.


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The form requests information about your:

  1. Passport irrespective of your citizenship.
  2. Your Indian address – permanent, family or hotel where you are going to stay.

You need to provide names of all countries that you have visited in the last 28 days.

You also need to self declare your current health information. Indian Health Coronavirus counter is watching for these symptoms:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Respiratory Distress (having problem in breathing normally)

Health screening is compulsory for all incoming passengers.

Source: India


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