The Indian government has decided to relax visa restrictions. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will now continue these exemptions to more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals coming in and out of the country.
Foreign nationals wishing to come to India for medical treatment can now apply for a medical visa. It also includes his medical attendant. A senior ministry official clarified that restrictions on medical visas were only on existing ones. “One can apply for a fresh medical visa if they want to come to India and it will be decided on a case by case basis. With this decision, foreign citizens will be able to come to India for various purposes like employment, trade, conferences, studies, and research.
Subsequently, the MHA, the nodal ministry approving visas and travel abroad, has now decided to allow all NRIs (OCIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) cardholders and all other foreign nationals to visit India for any purpose. Have done however entry is not allowed on tourism visas by air or waterway.
This includes flights operated by the Vande Bharat Mission, any non-scheduled commercial flights, under the arrangement of the air transport bubble, or as permitted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. However, all such passengers will have to strictly follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare related to quarantine and other health and Covid-19. The ministry said that if the validity of such visas has expired, new visas in the appropriate categories can be obtained from Indian missions or by post.