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COVID-19 GLOBAL PANDEMIC

PRIORITY STORY


This page contains news stories and is not official information from the Embassy. Official information is communicated through the COVID-19 advisory page.

March 25, 2020

India has declared all international passenger flights suspended until 1830 GMT on April 14, 2020. Exceptions include all-cargo operations and DGCA approved flights.

March 25, 2020

The Embassy of India Student Hub continues to closely monitor the situation. A Peer Support Line will be set up as a phone line and e-mail support platform to be able to field questions from, offer resources to, and talk with students -- connecting them with trained student volunteers from around the United States.

March 24, 2020

We're back as we learn several states have issued stay-at-home advisories or orders.

India announced a 21 day lockdown today.

India's border remains closed to all inbound flights taking off between 05:31 AM on I.S.T. Sunday, March 22, 2020 till Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 05:30 AM I.S.T. View the latest advisories issued by the Government of India on March 19, 2020 for travel to India and on India's border closure: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Traveladvisory.pdf.

March 21, 2020

The Embassy of India Student Hub continues to closely monitor the situation. We see a need for students to get non-emergency support and speak with someone. We're working on finding a solution to create such an offering.

March 19, 2020

California issues a blanket shelter-at-home order.

India has decided to close it's borders for all international flights for a period between Sunday, March 22, 2020 till Sunday, March 29, 2020.

The United States has issued a Global Level 4 Travel advisory -- do not travel -- and advised all Americans to return to the United States.

Read the latest student hub advisory for more information.

March 17, 2020

Help us help you. Submit your ideas on how to mitigate the pandemic by logging onto MyGov; details on our COVID-19 Solutions page.

The Embassy of India Student Hub continues to monitor the situation and is expected to issue an updated advisory within 48 hours.

March 16, 2020

Updated Travel Advisory issued by the Ministry of Family Health & Welfare, Government of India: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/TravelAdvisory16thMarch.pdf

Situation report: Restrictions continue to expand across the United States. India has added other countries to its travel ban. Monitor information on websites of the pertinent state, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the Embassy of India in Washington D.C.

Student Hub Update: The Embassy of India Student Hub continues to monitor the situation carefully and is creating resources to share with students in the coming days. Our first priority is the safety of all students concerned. As a student-led initiative, the Embassy of India Education Team is working to ensure all students are safe and taking precautions.

March 15, 2020

The Governor of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, has ordered a curfew from 9 PM - 5 AM and required certain criteria of businesses closed. We understand that many students may be in Puerto Rico, including those who arrived as visitors and are remaining due to those prior plans. All are required to comply with the directions of local authorities for the duration of their stay.

Other states are imposing restrictions on dine-in theatres, etc. Review the latest information on your state government's website. Follow only reputable information that comes in directly from news/government sources.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, held a video conference to discuss measures to contain the outbreak. India has made an initial US$10 million available for a new 'COVID-19 Emergency Fund,' inviting voluntary contributions from the other Members. India calls upon leaders to work collectively to fight the spread of the pandemic in the region. Read more at the website of the SAARC Secretariat.

March 14, 2020

The United States plans to extend the travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, effective on Monday, March 16, 2020. The World Health Organization has announced that Europe is now at the center of the pandemic. All students are advised to avoid non-essential travel, domestically or internationally. Follow all travel advisories and information from local authorities.

Need to reschedule your flight plans? Contact your airline; some guidance is available at this Forbes news article. In addition, the CDC has a portal for travel FAQs.

March 13, 2020:

Read the Embassy Student Hub advisory to get the latest information and emergency resources.

March 12, 2020

The Embassy of India Student Hub is monitoring the evolving situation of University closures and is consulting our resources, including government authorities in India and the United States.

March 12, 2020

The Embassy of India Student Hub is in touch with Department of State affiliated organizations and is monitoring the situation with regards to F-1 visa status for impacted students.

March 11, 2020

Today, the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic. The India Student Hub is activating an emergency plan, mobilizing resources, and prioritizing efforts to assist our students. The Embassy of India continues to monitor the situation as it develops rapidly.

The Embassy of India Student Hub recommends avoiding all non-essential travel and refers students to airline/bus/rail operator information regarding cancellation policies.

March 1, 2020

The Embassy of India Student Hub is monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and will advise as necessary. The safety of Indian students in the United States is of paramount importance to us. Events may be suspended, cancelled, postponed, or moved to an online format as needed.

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