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Visa Restrictions Eased By The Government, Electronic & Tourist Visas Remain Restricted

The government, under this graded relaxation, has decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except electronic visa, tourist visa and medical visa.

The government said today that except for the tourist visas, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders and foreign nationals can visit India for any purpose. The easing of visa and travel comes several months after the restrictions were imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The government, in a bid to get air travel back on track, has restored the validity of all existing visas. The development comes nearly eight months after they were suspended in the wake of the virus crisis and the nationwide lockdown.

“The government has decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India,” the Union Home Ministry said in an order.

The government, under this graded relaxation, has decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except electronic visa, tourist visa and medical visa.

Overseas Citizens of India and foreign nationals can now enter the country via air or water routes, including flights operated under the Vande Bharat Mission or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

However, all such travellers will have to follow the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry regarding quarantine and other Covid protocols.

Since February, the government had restricted travel, inwards and outwards, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic this year.

 

 

 

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