March 25, 2020
Alert: India Coronavirus Update
Following the announcement of a 21 day nationwide lockdown in India, a high level meeting of Group of Ministers was held in New Delhi today [March 25] to discuss prevention and management of COVID-19, actions being taken by states, strengthening capacity of states with adequate resources while also ensuring essential services remain open. See press release here.
Additionally, we continue to track some of the recent orders and notifications issued by the Government of India for your reference:
- India launches official COVID-19 tracker to provide real time updates on the evolving health situation. See link here.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification to extend the regular visa and e-visa of those foreigners who are currently in India and unable to leave the country due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, until April 15, stating that “Regular visa, e-visa or stay stipulation of all foreign nationals which have expired or would be expiring during the period from March 13 (midnight) to April 15 (midnight) would be extended till midnight of April 14 on ‘Gratis’ basis after making online application by the foreigner.
- List of essential services that will remain open during the 21 day lockdown period are listed here. Addendum to the guidelines issued are here.
- Online delivery services have been in exempted as essential services in Gurugram. See order here.
Should you require any further assistance as it relates to your business operation, travel advisories, or advocacy with state governments please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Dr. Mukesh Aghi
President and CEO
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum