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Relaxation of tourist visa for India

Posted on: October 11, 2021 | Back | Print

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year.  Various other restrictions were also imposed on international travel by the Central Government to arrest the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After considering the evolving COVID-19 situation, foreigners were later on allowed to avail any kind of Indian visa other than Tourist Visa for entry and stay in India.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now decided to begin granting of fresh Tourist Visas for foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021.  Foreign tourists entering into India by flights other than chartered aircraft would be able to do so only with effect from November 15, 2021 on fresh Tourist Visas.  All due protocols and norms relating to COVID-19 as notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from time to time, shall be adhered to by the foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India and all other stakeholders at landing stations.

With this, the restrictions placed on visa and international travel stand further eased given the present overall COVID-19 situation.

Link https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1761795