India eases visa and travel norms for OCI, PIO card holders, foreigners

Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and foreign nationals can visit India for any purpose, except on tourist visa, as the Indian government eased visa and travel restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a big move to get air travel back on track, the government has restored the validity of all existing visas., nearly eight months after they were suspended in the wake of the virus crisis and the nationwide lockdown.

“The government has decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India,” an order from the Union Home Ministry says.

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.

The permission for Overseas Citizens of India, Persons of Indian Origin and foreign nationals to enter the country includes authorized air or water routes, including flights operated under the Vande Bharat Mission air transport bubble arrangements or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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