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India in touch with Chinese side to facilitate essential travel of Indians 

Updated: November 6, 2020 1:50 pm

India is in touch with the Chinese side to facilitate essential travel of Indians to and from China. Sources said this after China announced a temporary ban on entry of foreign nationals from India with a valid Chinese visa or residence permit citing COVID reasons.

Sources said the announcement made by the Chinese Embassy is a temporary action and changes can be expected in a timely manner. They said the action taken is to temporarily suspend existing visas only and future visa applications have not been banned. Visas issued after November 3rd are valid for travel to China.

Sources also said the measure is not India specific and similar measures have been announced in respect of several other countries. They said the reason behind the measure seems to be Chinese concerns on possible rise in COVID-19 cases globally, aggravated due to the advent of autumn and winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

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