Another week and we’re all in the grip of Covid-19. WHO has officially declared it a panademic and the world is really freaking out! Many countries have closed borders and I am sure the economy of the world is taking a beating.
India has stopped issuing tourist visas for pretty much everyone until mid-April. Even those with OCI status, an immigration status that confers visa-free travel to India can’t travel to India until April 15. This visa ban does not apply to diplomatic, official, UN/international organizations, employment, project visas” visa holders. However, if you have a genuine need to travel, you can reach out to your nearest embassy or High Commission and speak with consular officers.
When I first read about this, I was quite concerned. I have elderly parents living alone in India and if touchwood, something happens to them, I will be unable to reach them. But I guess this will come under the exceptional circumstances, so I should be able to travel, should the need arise.
The children are quite bummed as because of Covid-19, their respective polytechnic orientations have been cancelled. We have no idea how the polys will be doing the orientation this year, but GG was complaining that she feels deprived of an experience she was looking forward to enjoying. But as I told her, it’s better to be safe than sorry! C’est la vie!
As always, stay safe folks! Wash your hands often and use hand sanitisers when you don’t have access to soap and water. Refrain from touching your face and minimise contact with others.