All foreigners allowed except tourists: Center


Only certain categories of OCI and PIO cardholders were allowed to enter India during lockdown since June.


The Home Ministry of India decided to restore all existing visas, except electronic, tourist, and medical categories. The Ministry also announced permitting all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders and all other foreign nationals to visit India for any purpose.


The MHA said OCI and PIO cardholders and all other foreign nationals can enter by air or water routes through authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts.


Fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained from the Indian mission or post concerned if the visa is out of validity period.


Foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment can apply afresh for a medical visa, including for their medical attendants.


This decision will allow foreign nationals to enter or leave India for various purposes such as business, conferences, employment, studies, research, medical purposes, etc.


Out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government had taken a series of steps to curtail the inward and outward movement of international passengers since February 2020.


The government has now 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.


This includes flights operated under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission, air transport bubble arrangements or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.


All such travelers will, however, have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding quarantine and other health/COVID-19 matters.



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