June 27, 2020 

As of June 27, 2020 [8:00 am], India had reported 508,953 confirmed cases of the novel corona virus COVID-19 across 27 States and Union Territories, and 15,685 death. Of these 508,953 cases, 295,880 cases have recovered.

Effective from March 22, 2020 the Government of India suspended all international flights arriving and departing from India for at least one week.

Prime Minister of India, Hon. Narendra Modi announced a Public Curfew on March 22, 2020 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.On May 01, 2020 the curfew was extended until May31, 2020. For the complete guidelines on restrictions, visit the Ministry of Home Affairs webpage, and consult “Guidelines.”  The restrictions include: 

  • No public transport services including buses, taxis, and trains.
  • Closure of non-essential shops, commercial establishments, factories, offices.
  • Construction suspended.
  • Arrivals of domestic flights suspended.
  • Instructions to stay at home and leave only for basic services (to acquire consumables or for health care services) within the vicinity of their residencies, while strictly following social distancing guidelines.

Following a high level meeting of Indian ministers on March 16, the government proposed extensive social distancing measures, including closure of all schools, museums, and cultural and social centers;prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people; and calling on the public to avoid all non-essential travel. The complete list of measures can be found here.

On March 16, 2020 the Government of India expanded compulsory quarantine for passengers coming from or transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. Fourteen-day mandatory quarantine also applies to passengers from China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain, and Germany.

On March 16, 2020 the Government of India prohibited the entry of passengers from the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), Turkey, and the UK. On March 17, the government also prohibited the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, and Malaysia.

In addition to the restrictions put in place by the central government, on March 16, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced mandatory quarantine for travelers from the United States, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia. Other states have announced disparate restrictions as well.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced restrictions on international travelers passing through Land Check Posts on March 13.

All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment, and project visas are suspended until April 15, 2020. This is in enforcement since 12:00 GMT on March 13, 2020 at all ports of entry. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission.

Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders is kept in abeyance till 15th April 2020.  This came into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

OCI card holders already in India can stay in India as long as they want.

Visas of all foreigners already in India remain valid and they may contact the nearest FRRO/FRO through e-FRRO module for extension/conversion etc. of their visa or grant of any consular service, if they choose to do so.

Both these instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till 31st March 2020 and will be reviewed subsequently.

Indian citizens are asked to avoid non-essential travel abroad, particularly to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Japan, France, Spain, and Germany. Indian nationals presently abroad are advised to avoid non-essential travel and could be quarantined for a period of 14 days on their arrival in India.

Tanzania High Commission in New Delhi is moving to a social distancing policy as a protective measure for our staff and customers. Effective March 18,2020 the Chancery and its Consulates will provide only essential services to Tanzania citizens and limited, emergency visa services.  Accordingly, the currently scheduled appointments for biometrics stand cancelled with immediate effect up until further notice.

Those who were given the appointments for biometrics are advised to continue to follow the instructions for appointment scheduling on our website. In case of any emergency please contact us by email through the following address:


Contact No. : 01124122864/65 – Landline (9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m)


Local Resources:

Indian Bureau of Immigration: https://boi.gov.in/content/coronavirus-related-visa-restrictions-and-conditions-entry-india.

Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare: https://mohfw.gov.in/diseasealerts/novel-corona-virus

Visit Ministry of Health Tanzania for information on COVID-19 and latest travel advesories affecting travel to Tanzania