India bans entry of passengers from Malaysia, Afghanistan, Philippines amid coronavirus outbreak

The government on Tuesday announced that it has banned the entry of passengers from Malaysia, Afghanistan and Philippines to India with immediate effect.

In continuation of the travel advisory issued on March 11 and March 16, the following additional advisory has been issued.

“Travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia to India is prohibited with immediate effect. No flight shall take off from these countries to India after 1500 hours Indian Standard Time (IST). The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure,” the statement said.

“This instruction is a temporary measure and shall be in force till 31st March and will be reviewed subsequently,” it said.

The coronavirus cases in India has risen to 126 on Tuesday, according to Health Ministry website.