Foreign Tourists Allowed Nov 15, Oct 15 For Those On Chartered Flights

Visas would be issued to people arriving on chartered flights beginning October 15.

Foreign Tourists Allowed Nov 15, Oct 15 For Those On Chartered Flights
Foreign Tourists Allowed Nov 15, Oct 15 For Those On Chartered Flights

The administration has chosen to lift the Covid barrier for overseas travellers by restarting the issuing of tourist visas in an effort to stimulate the economy through tourism. 

On November 15, the Ministry of External Affairs will begin issuing new tourist visas to visitors visiting India. Visas would be issued to people arriving on chartered flights beginning October 15. The action comes a year and a half after the Covid outbreak forced the suspension of tourist permits. The decision was reached after consultations with stakeholders including the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Tourism, and state governments, according to the ministry. 

"MHA had received requests from several state governments as well as various tourism stakeholders to begin issuing Tourist Visas to allow foreign visitors to visit India. We have decided to loosen travel restrictions after much discussion". According to a top official from the Ministry of the Interior, The official said states have been asked to follow Covid protocols laid down by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the tourists, the carriers bringing them into the country and other stakeholders must also stick to the guidelines.

In the aftermath of the pandemic last year, all visas for foreigners were suspended. After taking into account the changing situation, the government decided to enable foreigners to enter and stay in India on any type of visa other than a tourist visa. Despite the fact that nearly 20,000 new cases are reported every day, the country's Covid-19 graph was plateauing on Thursday, according to the centre. It cautioned consumers not to let their guard down during the holiday season since the Covid-19 challenge was still ongoing.