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COVID-19 INFORMATION

 

COVID-19 INFORMATION 

 

Government of India Helpline: +91-11-23798046

Toll-Free Number: 1075

Email: ncov2019@gov.in

 

A 24x7 Covid-19 Control Room set up by the Ministry of External Affairs:

Phones: 1800118797 (toll free)

+91- 011- 23012113

+91- 011- 23014104

+91- 011- 23017905

Fax: +91- 011- 23018158

Email: covid19@mea.gov.in

 

If you have news of any Indian national who has been infected with COVID 19 or is stranded in Chile, please ask them to contact the Indian Embassy in Santiago or send us his or her name and contact details. Call our 24x7 helpline number +56-9-32154035 or WhatsApp to +56 9 8139 3820 or email to cons.santiago@mea.gov.in

 

India’s COVID-19 Situation Dashboard - http://covidout.in/

 

Government of India COVID-19 initiatives 

 

Travel Advisories

 

 

 

SECTION ONE: GOVERNMENT OF INDIA COVID-19 INITIATIVES

 

 

Embassy of India

Santiago

 

24 March 2020

 

Update - India's response  to COVID-19

 

  • India has declared a country-wide lockdown for a period of 21 days with effect from 25 March 2020. Essential services (groceries, medical facilities, police etc.) will stay operational. All transport services - air, rail, road - have also been suspended except for transport of essential commodities and emergency services. Click here for full text of Government of India’s Guidelines on COVID-19.

 

 

Embassy of India

Santiago

 

15 March 2020

 

Update - India's response  to COVID-19

 

  • Among earliest responding nations. Set up Joint Monitoring Mechanism on 8 Jan 2020, one day after China identified a new type of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on January 7.
    • Our Approach: quickly heightened surveillance, increased monitoring measures in a graduated and transparent manner, while ensuring high degree of public awareness.
    • First health advisory issued by India on January 17, to initiate preparedness for COVID-19 and start surveillance of Severe Acute Resipratory Illnesses. This was 13 days before WHO declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
    • Graded response set up from January 17, including thermal screening at key gateway airports. This was graduated to 21 airports as the disease spread to SE Asia. After it spread to Europe, increased to 30 airports with universal screening, as well as land border crossing points that are still open.
    • Simultaneously increased restrictions on travel, but in a step-by-step manner, so as not to create panic.
    • Increased public awareness campaigns on TV, print and social media, and specially designed ‘info-tainment’ material.
    • In parallel, ramped up systemic capacity by expanding training for medical staff in all States and Union Territories.
    • Increased diagnostic capabilities: increased from only one major molecular diagnostic facility for pan-India testing, to over 60 labs currently, within less than two months.
    • Developed protocols for each stage of managing this pandemic, including screening at entry points; contact tracing of suspected cases; quarantine and management of isolation facilities; and for discharge of cleared cases.
    • Responded to the call of our people abroad, by evacuating over 1450 Indians from major outbreak areas, as well as citizens from several of our neighbours. This included extremely challenging circumstances, in places under complete lockdown.
    • We have now built up a protocol for this too, including carrying out testing by our mobile teams deployed abroad.

 

 

Embassy of India

Santiago

 

15 March 2020

 

PM Modi's COVID-19 SAARC Initiative

 

At the initiative of Prime Minister Modi, a conference with all SAARC countries present was held in India, where the SAARC disasters management centre has its headquarters, to promote regional cooperation to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. India offered assistance as follows:

 

  • Creation of a COVID-19 Emergency Fund based on voluntary contributions. India pledged US$10 million as a start. Aim to help any of our nations meet the cost of emergent actions to combat this pandemic. Foreign Secretaries to finalize concept and operational rules.
  • Indian Rapid Response Teams, of doctors, specialists and testing equipment, who are already on standby.
  • Online training capsules for emergency response staff, for all SAARC countries, using the model India used to raise capacity of emergency staff across India.
  • A review video conference of doctors and medical professionals, in one week to ten days, to consider specific measures and best practices in SAARC states.
  • A review video conference of trade officials to consider the impact of travel restrictions on intra-regional trade within SAARC recognizing the high level of inter-dependence of several of our economies.
  • Help prepare a website with informational material in all SAARC languages.
  • Sharing software in our own integrated Health Information Platform for Disease Surveillance, and training to use this MIS system, for all SAARC partners.
  • Use of the SAARC Disaster Management Centre, to identify and popularize best practices in fighting COVID-19.
  • For the furture: proposed creating a Research Platform for all SAARC States to share ideas and proposals for disgnostic and therapeutic interventions for diseases and epidemics. Indian Council of Medical Research will help coordinate this.
  • The conference can also be viewed through the following link:

 

           https://www.narendramodi.in/watch-live

 

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Embassy of India 

Santiago

 

6 March 2020

 

India's COVID-19 Response

 

  • Cluster containment strategies have been implemented in coordination with all relevant authorities at all levels.
  • Quarantine facilities have been identified for use as required.
  • Personal protection facilities such as mask are being stocked in all hospitals.
  • Special training is being given to enable proper handling of COVID-19 to health staffs across India, for which exercise will be completed by 15 March 2020.
  • Community awareness is being built using print, electronic and social media in all Indian languages.

 

SECTION TWO: COVID-19 TRAVEL ADVISORIES

 

Embassy of India

Santiago

 

March 19, 2020

 

TRAVEL ADVISORY 5

 

With immediate effect, any person who has visited European Union, European Free Trade Association, Turkey, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia on or after 15 February 2020, is prohibited from entering India. All airlines have been requested not to take on board any such passenger for onward journey to India.

 

As an additional precaution, it has been decided that no scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall take off from any foreign airport for any airport in India, after 0001 hrs GMT of March 22, 2020 (i.e. 0531 hrs Indian Standard Time (IST) of March 22, 2020). These instructions shall remain in force till 0001 hrs GMT of March 29, 2020.

 

This means that no incoming scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to disembark its passengers, whether foreigners or Indians, on Indian soil after 2001 hrs GMT of March 22, 2020 (i.e. 0131 hrs Indian Standard Time of March 23, 2020).

 

 

 

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Embassy of India

Santiago

 

17 March 2020

 

Travel Advisory 4

 

The following measures will be in effect after 1500 hrs Indian Standard Time (IST) today:

(i) 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.

(ii) This instruction is a temporary measure and shall be in force till 31st March 2020 and will be reviewed subsequently.

 

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Embassy of India

Santiago

 

16 March 2020

 

Travel Advisory 3

 

The following measures will be in effect from March 18, 2020 onwards:

(i) Expanding compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days for passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 18 March 2020 at the port of first departure.

(ii) Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and United Kingdom to India is prohibited with effect from 18 March 2020. No airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India with effect from 1200 GMT on 18 March 2020. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure.

(iii) Both these instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till 31 March 2020 and will be reviewed subsequently.

 

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Embassy of India

Santiago

 

12 March 2020

 

 

Travel Advisory 2

Visa Restrictions related to COVID-19

 

  1. With immediate effect, and supersession of all earlier advisories issued on this subject by the Government of India, the following visa restrictions are now in effect:-

 

  1. All existing visas issued to nationals of any country except those issued to Diplomats, Officials, UN / International organizations, Employment, Project visas stand suspended till April 15.2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.
  2. Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid. They may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc. of their visa or grant of any consular service if they choose to do so.
  3. Visa fee travel facility granted to OCI card holders shall be kept in abeyance till April 15, 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020 at the port of departure of any foreigner for onward journey to India.
  4. Any Foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reasons may contact the nearest Indian Mission for fresh visa.
  5. All incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, arriving from any destination and having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany on or after Feb. 15, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13, 2020at the port of departure of such travelers.
  6. International traffic through land borders will be restricted to designated Immigration Check posts with robust medical screening facilities. These will be notified separately by Ministry of Home Affairs.

 

  1. In addition to the above visa restrictions the following travel advisory is hereby issued in accordance with instructions of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

 

  1. Indian nationals presently abroad are advised to avoid non-essential travel. They are hereby informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days on their arrival in India.
  2. All Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days.

 

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Embassy of India

Santiago

 

10 March 2020

 

Travel Advisory 1

 

For those of you who wish to check travel restrictions being imposed by various countries because of the COVID-19 crisis, you may find it useful to visit

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm 

 

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  • Visas issued to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and China have been suspended for the duration.
  • All passengers arriving in India will need to undergo medical screening at point of entry.

 

 

 

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