India has barred entry to passengers traveling from Afghanistan, Malaysia and the Philippines.

  • Flights will not be permitted to take off from these countries and airlines will be responsible for enforcing this at the port of initial departure.
  • As was previously announced, travelers from the European Union, European Free Trade Association, Turkey and the United Kingdom will also be prohibited from boarding flights to India.
  • Travelers coming from or transiting through Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Background: Last week, India announced it would suspend most visas and halt visa-free entry for Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders. The expansion of the entry ban builds on the country’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Analysis & Comments: The expanded entry ban will be in force through March 31 at which time it will be reviewed. Employers must be prepared for significant disruptions to employee mobility and should anticipate further restrictions and quarantine measures. The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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