India has cancelled all new visas

sam2019

Well travelled
For those who had tourist visas already issued but not started on their trip, all visas are now invalid. New visas will not be issued until mid April or until further notice.


#CoronaVirusUpdate:

Important decisions taken at the 2nd meeting of GoM on #COVID19 today.

1. All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.

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

3. Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission.

4. All incoming travelers, including Indians, arriving from or having visited China,Italy,Iran,Republic of Korea, France, Spain & Germany after 15th Feb, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days.

The above will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure

5. Incoming travelers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.

6. Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

7. International traffic through land borders will be restricted to Designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately by M/o Home Affairs.

8. Provision for testing primarily for students/compassionate cases in #Italy Italy to be made and collection for samples to be organized accordingly. Those tested negative will be allowed to travel and will be quarantined on arrival in India for 14 days.
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
B..b..but 'no borders'. Good, Asian countries have mostly been quite decisive and draconian in order to stem this pandemic. the West haven't. The EU schengen zone, as convenient as it is, was just another stupid idea that will likely cost many, unnecessary lives. Borders are a shield.
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
doesn't seem to work too well for the UK and most other countries though, does it?
In the UK we don't have strong borders in regards to policing who comes in, unless you're deemed to be a wrong thinker and might offend. You can't keep viruses out, but you can mitigate, slow and stagger the spread so as not to overwhelm the systems. South Korea isn't doing such a bad job. The horse has bolted in the UK and most of the West due to indecision and poor decisions.
If my mum catches it, which is very likely, at her age she'll be extremely lucky to survive. I expect to get infected and am not looking forward to when I do as I'm not so sure my immune system is up to scratch these days. It's going to be a tough year for a lot of people.
 

sam2019

Well travelled
To isolate any country in this modern world seems a futile effort, but as Wintrup said, slowing it down is the order of the day. Our genius chancellor Merkel said 70% will eventually be infected and for once I have to agree. Trump the other genius just declared national emergency and I have heard rumors in Germany the same is in the making.
So yeah, it will be uncomfy for a while but if you take 4000IU D3 and some K every day and possibly do some dry fasting which is the most effective way of pushing your immune system for a while (its like adding ether to an engine to ramp it up for a short time). There are plenty of youtube vids about it.
Usually a viral infection has run its course in 2-3 month so by mid May we should be back on our feet.
Godspeed y'a all.
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
So yeah, it will be uncomfy for a while but if you take 4000IU D3 and some K every day and possibly do some dry fasting which is the most effective way of pushing your immune system for a while (its like adding ether to an engine to ramp it up for a short time). There are plenty of youtube vids about it.
Usually a viral infection has run its course in 2-3 month so by mid May we should be back on our feet.
Godspeed y'a all.
I sunbathe even when there's frost on the ground. People around here think I'm nuts, apart from stripping off for the winter sun, they're probably correct. Nevertheless I've got some D3 & K2 to boost the immune system, because there isn't a lot of sun at this time of year. Also I just found out about liposomal vitamin C, which is more easily absorbed by the body. Expensive, but worth it if it helps. My biggest problem health wise is chronic insomnia. I only get about 3-4 hours sleep each night lately, which means my body isn't getting enough time to do nightly maintenance.
 

modiorne

Getting there...
Location
Charlotte, NC
I sunbathe even when there's frost on the ground. People around here think I'm nuts, apart from stripping off for the winter sun, they're probably correct. Nevertheless I've got some D3 & K2 to boost the immune system, because there isn't a lot of sun at this time of year. Also I just found out about liposomal vitamin C, which is more easily absorbed by the body. Expensive, but worth it if it helps. My biggest problem health wise is chronic insomnia. I only get about 3-4 hours sleep each night lately, which means my body isn't getting enough time to do nightly maintenance.
Hope I'm not stating the obvious, but re the insomnia - take any D3 early in the morning, just in case the D3 is trying to tell your body "the sun is up, and so should you be!" This was my doc's advice to me. Also helped me, was not eating anything after 7pm - quantity and quality of sleep have improved. Cheers.
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
Hope I'm not stating the obvious, but re the insomnia - take any D3 early in the morning, just in case the D3 is trying to tell your body "the sun is up, and so should you be!" This was my doc's advice to me. Also helped me, was not eating anything after 7pm - quantity and quality of sleep have improved. Cheers.
No, all good, sound advice. I take D3 in the morning, but it hasn't helped. Last year I had a good run of sleep, the best in many a year. I was getting up early, getting out in the sun to set the circadian clock, eating one meal a day around 6pm, wearing blue blockers in the evening and getting to bed around 22.00. Honestly though, there's no rhyme or reason with my insomnia and if I do the same this year, come spring and God willing, I may not get such a good result. Been to see a sleep specialist and taken every recommended supplement to no avail. Funny thing was, when I had a spill a few years ago and broke my wrist, I had to wait at home for a few days before surgery and even though it was hurting bad, I slept at nights. Like I said it's a weird one.
 

sam2019

Well travelled
Funny thing was, when I had a spill a few years ago and broke my wrist, I had to wait at home for a few days before surgery and even though it was hurting bad, I slept at nights. Like I said it's a weird one.
Melatonin? used to help me when I was flying a lot to get my rythmn working again, although I fortunately never experienced insomnia. It must be awful, if I go to sleep too late and still wake up at 5am my day is f*cked. Its officially a torture method too ...
 

johnny42

Well travelled
Location
NY State
I go to bed late and at my age I'm up to go pee after a few hours. That's when I put ear plugs in. I don't go to bed with them in cuz I don't want to make that a habit. But putting them in after getting up lets me get more sleep. I don't want to be woken by birds chirping at 5:00 a.m. I like my bedroom cold so I close all the heat ducts to my room and sleep with my window open a bit even if it's in the 20'sF, as long as it's not snowing or raining. I also put a sleep mask over my eyes.

You need silence, darkness and a cold room. Remember, cold room, warm bed.
 

sqeeezy

Well travelled
Location
Southern Spain
No, all good, sound advice. I take D3 in the morning, but it hasn't helped. Last year I had a good run of sleep, the best in many a year. I was getting up early, getting out in the sun to set the circadian clock, eating one meal a day around 6pm, wearing blue blockers in the evening and getting to bed around 22.00. Honestly though, there's no rhyme or reason with my insomnia and if I do the same this year, come spring and God willing, I may not get such a good result. Been to see a sleep specialist and taken every recommended supplement to no avail. Funny thing was, when I had a spill a few years ago and broke my wrist, I had to wait at home for a few days before surgery and even though it was hurting bad, I slept at nights. Like I said it's a weird one.
Insomnia is a bugger, I tend to sleep on the lean side for a while and occasionally pig out and get a good ten hours (I'm 68 in May), but I can, for no obvious reason (lunar cycle?) hit a really lean patch and just survive the days, no more. In that case I'll take antihistamine sleep help pills, or Stugeron travel sickness pills, and wake up groggy but better the next day, which seems to break the insomnia vicious circle.
Apart from that i suppose suck eggs granny, but avoid late caffeine, don't beat your head to death with the light off trying to argue yourself to sleep, just put the light on and read for a while, be aware of the connection between breathing and stress levels. I also find nodding off to an audiobook helps, I must've heard hundreds of hours on the Battle of Stalingrad by now. Good luck!
 

Wintrup

Well travelled
Location
Cumbria UK
Insomnia is a bugger, I tend to sleep on the lean side for a while and occasionally pig out and get a good ten hours (I'm 68 in May), but I can, for no obvious reason (lunar cycle?) hit a really lean patch and just survive the days, no more. In that case I'll take antihistamine sleep help pills, or Stugeron travel sickness pills, and wake up groggy but better the next day, which seems to break the insomnia vicious circle.
Apart from that i suppose suck eggs granny, but avoid late caffeine, don't beat your head to death with the light off trying to argue yourself to sleep, just put the light on and read for a while, be aware of the connection between breathing and stress levels. I also find nodding off to an audiobook helps, I must've heard hundreds of hours on the Battle of Stalingrad by now. Good luck!
Certainly no moss growing under you at 68 with all your travels. Good on yer. You got it! Antihistamines are what I use when I cannot bear to go another sleep deprived night. Use them too often and they don't work so well without upping the dose . I buy Promethazine 30 mg from the chemist and cut them in half. A pack lasts me ages. Much cheaper than travel sickness pills.
Last year I couldn't get more than a few pages into a book without falling asleep. And when I slept, it was deep and I woke up refreshed. A magic year really.
 
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