March 17th, 2020

Member Update - Impact on India March 17th



Our aim at HELMA International is to keep our employees and our clients safe and informed at all times with data that is correct and coherent. Here’s a quick snapshot of the latest update on steps taken by the Government for prevention of an outbreak, and the impact it has on Global Mobility


India bans entry to all travelers (irrespective of visa or passport type) from EU, EFTA, Turkey and the UK with effect from 18th March till 31st March. The travelers include Indian nationals.

No airline will be allowed to board passengers from above said countries from 18th March 12H00 GMT.

Passengers flying into India from UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait will undergo mandatory 14 days quarantine. It will come into effect from noon GMT on March 18th 2020 at the port of first departure.

For those who have not yet traveled to India all visas (valid and new applications) stand suspended till 15th April 

OCI holders:

- the validity of OCI card of foreigners presently in India shall remain

- for OCI card holders outside India, they will not be able to travel visa-free to India till 15th April. If they require to enter India for work, they must apply for a visa at their Indian consulate

Extensions and renewals of Stay visas and dependant visas will continue as usual at FRROs

Exiting India- all foreign nationals who wish to travel abroad and who are currently registered with FRRO, must check with FRRO whether they can exit and re-enter.

Mandatory quarantine: All incoming travellers including Indian nationals arriving from or having visited China, Japan, South Korea after 15th February 2020 will be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days, w.e.f. 13th march 2020

Possible quarantine: All incoming travellers including Indian nationals coming into India (from countries other than those mentioned above) maybe quarantined for a minimum 14 days


  • Home search/settling-in continue as usual
  • School search- All schools, colleges across India are closed




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