India to begin granting visas for foreigners through chartered flights from October 15.

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.

The MHA released an official statement on 7th October saying that all the foreigners coming to India through chartered flights will be granted visas from October 15th and other foreign tourists will be given the same from November 15th. "After considering various inputs, the MHA has decided to begin granting 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", the official statement said.

The MHA took this decision after consulting several state governments and various stakeholders in the tourism sector.

All the foreign visitors abide by all the COVID-19 protocols and norms issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

India extended the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger flights till 31 October, barring the international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DCGA.

India has been recording 20000-25000 fresh infections on an average. The graph seems to be plateauing, the challenge has not ended yet, said the health ministry.

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