March 11, 2020 / 4:46 PM / 20 days ago

India suspends tourist visas to prevent coronavirus spread: government statement

Tourists wearing protective masks walk in a street following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in New Delhi, India, March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will suspend all tourist visas to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

“All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020,” it said in the statement.

The order will come into effect from 1200 GMT on March 13.

Reporting by Aftab Ahmed. Editing by Jane Merriman

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