In view of the surge in the number of deaths due to coronavirus cases in the two countries, India has temporarily suspended visa on arrival services for nationals of Japan and South Korea, the Indian embassy in Tokyo said on Friday.The development comes a day after India evacuated 119 Indians and 5 foreigners who were on board the coronavirus-hit cruise ship, Diamond Princess, moored off the Japanese coast.
Out of the 3,711 people on board the ship, over 700 people tested positive for the disease. Elsewhere in the country, over 160 people have been found to be infected with the disease.
In view of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, Visa on Arrival which was available only for nationals of Japan and South Korea has been temporarily suspended,” the Indian embassy tweeted. “Regular visas continue to be processed and may be applied for,” it said.
Earlier, India had on February 2 suspended e-visa facility for Chinese travellers and foreigners residing in China following a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Further tightening the visa rules, India on February 4 cancelled the existing visas for Chinese and foreigners who had visited the country in the last two weeks.
The novel coronavirus emerged in early December and traced to a market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan in China. The death toll due to the deadly disease rose to 2,835 in China, while the confirmed cases climbed to 79,251, according to Chinese health officials on Friday.