Health Ministry issues travel guidelines, advising Indians to refrain from unnecessary Iran visit

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The Health Ministry, has issued latest guidelines to Indian citizens advising them to refrain from unnecessary travel to Iran,  Korea & Italy in wake of recent upsurge in Corona Virus cases in these countries particularly in Iran, which has reported second largest death counts after China due to Corona Virus infection.

In view of the evolving situation related to COVID-19 being reported from other countries, besides the travel advisories already issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, following additional directions are issued:

Indians are advised to refrain from non-essential travel to Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy.

The epicentre in Middle East's most affected country Iran appears to be in the holy Shiite city of Qum , where the Shrine of Lady Masooma  sees the faithful in large numbers reach out , touch & kiss in reverance. Considering the situation, the city's administration has ordered closure of all Islamic seminaries and major schools till the Iranian National festival of Navroz.

The number of official deaths has reached 20 in Iran, & the assessment of disease outbreak is still in progress. The country's deputy health Minister has also been tested positive for the disease. The Islamic holy cities of Qum & Mashhad hosts lakhs of pilgrims every year especially during sacred Islamic months of Rajab & Shaban. A large number of these pilgrims travel from India too, with good proportion from cities like Mumbai, Lucknow & Hyderabad. 

People coming from Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy or having such travel history since 10th February 2020 may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.


For any technical queries, may contact on  24*7 Health ministry Control Room helpline number  +91-11-23978046 or email


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