India has temporarily also suspended visas granted to nationals France, Germany and Spain
People travelling to India from or having visited Italy and South Korea will now have to submit a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from laboratories authorised by the health authorities of their countries.
This measure came into effect from March 10 and is a temporary measure till cases of novel coronavirus subside, a health ministry advisory read.
According to media reports, 45 Indians are stuck at the Rome airport with Emirates airline not letting them board, saying they won't be allowed to deboard in India.
"In addition to visa restrictions already in place, passengers travelling from/having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India will need certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19 from the designated laboratories authorized by the health authorities of these countries," the health ministry advisory issued Thursday read.
The airline watchdog DGCA has also stated that air travellers having visited or arriving from Italy and South Korea will be required to submit a certificate of having "tested" negative from labs designated by health authorities in their countries for coronavirus at the departure airport.
The Indian Embassy in Italy has also asked Indian students with flights to India on or after March 10 that they may submit their details by filling in a form online.