India to allow foreign tourist into the country by Oct 15

Source -PTI

New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) India has decided to allow foreign tourists into the country, beginning with granting tourist visas to those travelling by chartered flights from October 15.

On Thursday, the Union Home Ministry announced that with this, the restrictions placed on visa and international travel since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic stand further eased given the present overall pandemic situation.

The government has decided to begin providing new tourist visas for foreigners arriving in India via chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021, after considering various inputs, according to a statement from the home ministry.
Foreign visitors arriving in India on flights other than chartered planes would be able to do so only with new tourist visas from November 15, 2021.

Foreign visitors, airlines transporting them to India, and all other stakeholders at landing sites must follow all COVID-19 rules and regulations as notified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from time to time, according to the statement.

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.

After considering the evolving COVID-19 situation, foreigners were later on allowed to avail any kind of Indian visa other than tourist visa for entry and stay in India.

However, the Home Ministry had been receiving representations from several state governments as well as various stakeholders in the tourism sector to start tourist visas also to allow foreign tourists to come to India.
Therefore, the Home Ministry consulted all major stakeholders like the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and various state governments where foreign tourists are expected to arrive and took the decision, the statement said.

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