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COVID-19

Coronavirus 2020 Travel Updates

As we take stock of the seriousness of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and its spread across the world, we would like you to know that we are taking all appropriate measures to respond and adapt to the situation.

Over the last 2 decades of being in business, we have kept the commitment of meeting the modern traveler’s needs and providing incredible travel experiences to our clients. Additionally, we are taking care to keep the safety and well-being of our clients at the forefront, considering the current climate in the travel industry.

Dear Partners,

Please note the following important travel updates related to COVID-19. We have an updated travel advisory for India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

India

Travel and Visa Restrictions due to COVID-19

The following visa restrictions have come into effect from 12.00 GMT of 13th March, 2020; and shall remain in effect till 15th April, 2020, or until further orders.

1. All existing visas, issued to nationals of any country except those issued to Diplomats, Official passport holders, those in UN / International organizations, those on Employment, Project visas and those who are operating aircrew of scheduled commercial airlines, and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended till 15th April, 2020.

2. The restrictions for travel of non-exempted category foreign travelers to India shall be considered at the port of departure for onward journey to India of such traveler. Travel time to India may be in addition to the deadline of 1200 GMT on 13th March, 2020.

3. Visas of all foreigner nationals already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc. of their visa or grant of any consular service.

4. The validity of OCI cards of foreigners presently in India shall remain.

5. Visa free travel facility granted to OCI cardholders who are not in India presently, shall be kept in abeyance till 15th April, 2020. This came into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.

6.Any foreign national (including OCI cardholder) who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission for a fresh visa.

7.International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated Immigration Check Posts, to be notified separately by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

8. Mandatory compliance of Travel Advisory issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

  • Passengers travelling from/having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries. This is in enforcement since 0000 hours of 10th March, 2020 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside.

  • All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This came into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

  • Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.

  • Indian nationals are further strongly advised to refrain from travelling to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Japan, France, Spain and Germany.

  • All incoming international passengers returning to India should self-monitor their health and follow required do’s and don’ts as detailed by the Government.

  • International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • All international passengers entering into India are required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form in duplicate (including personal particulars i.e. phone no. 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.
  • For any queries related to health, people may contact Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 24*7 helpline number (+91-11-3978046) or email at (ncov2019@gmail.com).

Nepal

Travel and Visa Restrictions related to Covid-19

  1. Tourist visas on arrival (all nations except India) are not be provided from 14th March till 30th April 2020.
  2. Tourists with a valid Nepal tourist visa will have to present their Swab PCR report in the immigration point before they enter Nepal (Report should be of a minimum of 7 days before the dates of arrival)
  3. Those who wish to travel to Nepal can apply for the tourist visa in the Nepalese Embassy in their home countries provided they present their swab PCR report.

Sri Lanka

Travel and Visa Restrictions related to Covid-19

  1. Suspension of on-arrival visa facility for foreigners (except for citizens of Singapore and the Maldives) arriving in Sri Lanka, until further notice.
  2. All foreign nationals arriving in the country have to apply for prior visas.
  3. Sri Lanka suspended the on-arrival visa facility for the Chinese nationals following the new COVID-19. The passengers on Cruise Ships arriving at the ports of the country are not allowed to disembark in the country as per the current govt norms.
  4. The 14 days of quarantine process is compulsory for both the Sri Lankans and the foreigners arriving in the country from Italy, South Korea and Iran.
  5. All travels beginning from Iran, Italy and South Korea to Sri Lanka is banned from 14th March 2020 and will be in effect till 28th March 2020 (14 days)
  6. The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services issues a Health Declaration form to be filled on board by all travelers in all flights arriving to Sri Lanka.
  7. All Government, Private and International Schools are closed from 13th March 2020 to 20th April 2020.

Bhutan

Travel and Visa Restrictions related to Covid-19

All the tourists visiting Bhutan are temporarily restricted for two weeks due to COVID-19 in Bhutan.

  1. Issuance of e-visa/e-permit to nationals from countries affected by COVID-19 or those persons that have visited or transited through COVID-19 affected countries stands suspended till further notice.
  2. Re-entry of all foreigners holding valid visas, work permits and other immigration permits travelling to Bhutan from any of the COVID-19 affected countries if they have visited or transited through COVID-19 affected countries stands suspended till further notice.
  3. Visa on arrival for eligible foreign nationals stands suspended till further notice.

For more information, please check the press release from Bhutan Prime Minister’s office.

Maldives

Travel and Visa Restrictions related to Covid-19

  1. Maldives declared a state of public health emergency on Thursday, under Section 33 of the 7/2012 Public Health Act, valid from 12th March 2020 onwards for 30 days.
  2. Kuredu Island, Vilamendhoo Island Resort, Kuramathi Maldives & Sun Aqua Iru Veli, which was locked down temporarily have been lifted. However, guests will have to go through an exit screening after which they can leave the hotel.
  3. All passengers and crew with travel history to the following countries or regions within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or to transit through the Maldives until further notice.
  • Mainland China
  • Iran,
  • South Korean regions of North Gyeongsang Province and South Gyeongsang Province
  •  Italy,
  • Bangladesh

Furthermore, we request you to follow the guidance provided by the World Health Organization and the Department of Health – Government of India and the various other governmental organizations both domestic and international of the locations we cater to.

The safety of our clients is our priority, and we will keep you posted on all travel updates regularly.

HI Tours renders a dedicated travel assistance to all the client concerns. If you have any questions, please contact us at hi@hi.tours.

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