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Panaji, February 17, 2020

Magha 28, 1941


Directorate of Health Services has issued Advisory to travelers to China in view of the spurt of Coronavirus cases being reported from China and travel related cases appearing in many countries.

It is further advised to Indian travelers  to refrain from traveling to China.

          It is informed that  Existing visas (including eVisa already issued) are no longer valid for any foreign national travelling from China, People traveling to China henceforth will be quarantined on return, Intending visitors may contact Embassy in Beijing (visa.beijing@mea.gov.in) or the Consulates in Shanghai (ccons.shanghai@mea.gov.in) and Guangzhou (visa.guangzhou@mea.gov.in) to apply afresh for an Indian visa.

It also informed that the Indian Embassy in China continues to remain contactable 24x7 on two hotline numbers +8618610952903 & +8618612083629 and the dedicated email helpdesk.beijing@mea.gov.in. Indian nationals in need of any assistance may get in touch with the Embassy on these hotlines and email, For any queries related to health, may contact on Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 24*7 helpline number +91-11-23978046 or email at ncov2019@gmail.com


Directorate  of Health Services has also stated  that there is no confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus in the state till date. Cumulative number of Travelers from China enrolled for Observation were 46 and total number of samples tested at NIV Pune are  06, Total number of samples found Negative are  06, Screening of travelers going on at Goa International Airport (International & Domestic Terminal) and at Sea Port, Isolation ward for suspects identified at Goa Medical College, Bambolim and for asymptomatic travelers coming from WUHAN City, Hubei Province China, isolation ward identified at Sub District Hospital Chicalim.


Directorate  of Health Services  in its advisory appealed to travelers from China to be  informed about the illness, Stay home, preferably isolate himself / herself in a separate & well-ventilated room. Avoid common areas frequented by other members of the family, Avoid close contact with others. If inevitable, always maintain at-least two metres distance, Avoid having visitors, Avoid frequent touching of face, Avoid hand shaking and wash hands frequently with soap and water. In case of non-availability of soap and water, commercially available hand rubs can be used, Take plenty of fluids, Monitor your health for appearance of symptoms like fever, cough and/or breathing difficulty. If any person develop any of these symptoms do contact to the nearest Government Health Facility.