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Govt restores all existing visas, barring electronic, tourist, medical categories

The government Thursday decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except electronic, tourist, and medical categories, almost eight months after their suspension following the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent imposition of a nationwide lockdown.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) 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, except on a tourist visa.

Given the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government had taken a series of steps to curtail international passengers’ inward and outward movement since February 2020, the ministry said in a statement.

The government has now decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India.

Under this graded relaxation, the government has decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except electronic visa, tourist visa, and medical visa, the statement said

If such visas’ validity has expired, fresh visas of appropriate categories can be obtained from the Indian mission or post concerned.

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

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