Govt restores all valid tourist visas after 2 years – Times of India


NEW DELHI: After two years, India has restored all at present legitimate vacationer visas, together with digital ones held by the nationals of 156 eligible nations and common vacationer visas held by residents of all nations, topic to restrictions issued once in a while, in view of enchancment within the Covid-19 state of affairs.
These visas, issued to overseas vacationers for 5 years and, in respect of US and Japanese residents, for 10 years, had been suspended in March 2020 attributable to outbreak of the pandemic.
The house ministry on Tuesday additionally cleared resumption of issuance of contemporary e-tourist visas (to nationals of 156 nations allowed e-visa facility) and common visas with as much as 5 years validity as additionally 10-year-duration vacationer visas in case of US and Japanese nationals.
The circumstances specified within the 2019 visa handbook will apply in case of e-tourist visas issued for 5 years.
The overseas nationals on vacationer or e-tourist visas might enter India solely through designated immigration factors upon arrival by sea route or through the airport immigration checkposts. Such flights for now shall be ones operated beneath Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble’ association with choose nations. Nonetheless, with scheduled business passenger flights additionally set to renew by March 27, 2022, the MHA order additionally states that vacationer and e-tourist visas could also be utilized by overseas nationals arriving by flights as allowed by DGCA or the ministry of civil aviation.
As per the most recent MHA order, foreigners usually are not allowed but to cross over to India by way of land borders or riverine routes. A separate order is predicted to be finally issued for immigration by way of land border and riverine crossings. Afghanistan nationals will proceed to be ruled by the house ministry’s separate directions referring to e-Emergency X-Miscellaneous visa.
The house ministry had on October 7, 2021 ordered the resumption of problem of contemporary e-tourist visas, which was discontinued in March 2020, for foreigners coming to India by way of chartered flights, with impact from October 15, 2021. This was finished after assessing the Covid state of affairs then.

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