India announces ban of own citizens returning from EU, Turkey and UK

A view shows the Taj Mahal hotel after the government tightened up measures for coronavirus prevention in Mumbai
A view shows the Taj Mahal hotel after the government tightened up measures for coronavirus prevention in Mumbai, India, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

India has announced an entry ban on arriving international passengers which includes Indian passport holders residing in the United Kingdom, Turkey and the whole of Europe until the end of March.

Many countries have announced travel bans due to the outbreak of coronavirus or Covid-19 around the world. Some 170,000 people have been infected across the global and the death toll is over 6,500. So far, India has about 112 reported cases but the government fears that the number is set to rise. The World Health Organisation has declared a pandemic.

The Economic Times of India reported that the travel ban has been extended on Tuesday. The local newspaper is reporting that with effect from 18 March at 1200 GMT no airline shall board passengers from these countries to India. The ban shall be enforced at the port of initial departure. The countries are European Union Member State, states within the European free trade association – Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Quoting the aviation regulator, The Economic Times reported that these measures are temporary and shall remain into force until 31 March. The measures will be then reviewed.

India banned the entry of foreign passport holders and Overseas Indian Citizen cardholders last Friday.

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