Government reinstates all valid tourist visas after 2 years – Times of India

New Delhi: After two years, India has restored all currently valid tourist visas, including electronic visas held by citizens of 156 eligible countries and regular tourist visas held by citizens of all countries, issued from time to time. are subject to restrictions. Improvement in the situation of Kovid-19.
These visas issued to foreign tourists for five years and, in respect of US and Japanese citizens, for 10 years, were suspended in March 2020 due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
The Home Ministry on Tuesday also approved the issuance of new e-tourist visas (e-visa facility allowed for citizens of 156 countries) and regular visas with a validity of up to 5 years, as well as 10 in the case of the US. Year term tourist visa also approved. and Japanese citizens.
The conditions specified in the 2019 Visa Manual will be applicable in the case of e-tourist visas issued for a period of five years.
Foreign nationals on tourist or e-tourist visa can enter India only through designated immigration points on arrival by sea or through airport immigration checkpoints. For now, such flights will operate under Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble’ arrangement with select countries. Although scheduled commercial passenger flights are also scheduled to resume by March 27, 2022, the MHA order also said that tourist and e-tourist visas can be used by foreign nationals as permitted by the DGCA or the Ministry of Civil Aviation. can go.
As per the latest MHA order, foreigners are not yet allowed to enter India through land borders or river routes. A separate order is expected to eventually be issued for immigration through land borders and river crossings. Citizens of Afghanistan will continue to be governed by separate instructions from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding e-emergency ex-variety visas.
The Ministry of Home Affairs had on October 7, 2021 ordered the issuance of fresh e-tourist visas, which were stopped from October 15, 2021, for foreigners coming to India through chartered flights in March 2020. This was done after assessing. Then the situation of covid.

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