Advice for Public

The Indian Economic Trade Organization is taking decisive action to inform and safeguard Indian citizens overseas, protect the country, advance the Indian Administration’s commitment to building global health security capacity for this and future outbreaks, and reduce the impact for Indian students, employess, NRIs, Indian companies and supply chains overseas.

Bringing Indians Home

The Indian Ecnomic Trade Organization is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. The Indian Government has no higher priority than the protection of Indian citizens abroad. The Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India has launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every corner of the globe and has repatriated thousands of Indians from multiple countries. Our IETO directors globally, working around-the-clock overseas, will help IETO bring home hundreds more in the coming days, from every region of the world.

Engaging with Partners and Allies

The IETO is actively working with international partners and governments to combat the spread of the outbreak. Reaffirming the centrality of diplomacy every step of the way, we have remained in close communication and tight coordination with affected countries as the Indian Government implements necessary travel restrictions or issues advisory updates to ensure bilateral relations remain strong in the face of prudent and robust health measures. The Indian Government has briefed all missions abroad from more than 70 nations. We are also working with international public and private sector partners, to rapidly enhance our knowledge of the virus, inform our public health decisions, and accelerate the research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situation dashboard

This interactive dashboard/map provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis.

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 18th March 2020. No airline shall board a passenger from these nations to India with effect from 1200 GMT on 18th March 2020. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure.

Ministry of External Affairs has already established a functional helpline for coordination on COVID-19, which has been functioning 24×7 at South Block. In addition to the above helplines, Dedicated officers are available to provide assistance for the respective geographical areas.
In continuation of the travel advisory issued on 11th March 2020, the following additional advisory is issued:

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 18th March 2020 at the port of first departure.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, CDC’s Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the Senior Official for CDC’s COVID-19 response provided a situational update for CDC partners, including members of the private sector, public health organizations, universities, and clinical societies.


Advice for the Public

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Support for Indians abroad