Coronavirus outbreak: India temporarily suspends e-visa facility for Chinese and foreigners living in China

India on Sunday temporarily suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China with immediate effect.

“Due to certain current developments, travel to India on e-visas stands temporarily suspended with immediate effect,” the Indian Embassy announced in Beijing.

“This applies to holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the People’s Republic of China,” it said.

“Holders of already issued E-visas may note that these are no longer valid. All those who have a compelling reason to visit India may contact the Embassy of India in Beijing or the Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou, and the Indian Visa Application Centres in these cities,” it added.

India today, airlifted the second batch of 323 stranded Indians and seven Maldivian citizens from coronavirus-hit Wuhan city, taking the total number of people evacuated to 654.

The coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province, in December and has now spread across the globe.