Prohibition on existing Visa holders on international air travel from/to India is lifted by Government of India, stated the Spokesperson of Home Ministry of India. The Spokesperson posted on their official twitter account regarding the lifting of prohibition on the foreigners who have visas to travel to/from India.
The Home Ministry of India on Tuesday (5 May, 2020) released a notice regarding the Visa restrictions which were placed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Office Memorandum which was released by the Home Ministry states that the prohibition on the existing visas which were granted to the foreigners, except certain categories like diplomats, officials, UN/International organizations, employment and project categories has been lifted by the Government of India.
All existing visas granted to foreigners, except certain categories, to remain suspended till the prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted by Government of India: Spokesperson of Ministry of Home Affairs pic.twitter.com/4O4SEbAnax— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2020
The Government has also lifted the abeyance on the ‘Multiple entry long term visa facility’ for visiting India on any purpose which was granted to the OCI (Original Citizens of India) cardholder. Any foreign national holding the OCI card may contact to the nearest Indian mission if they want to travel to India for compelling reasons. Also, any OCI holder who are already in India, the OCI card will remain valid for their stay in India for any length of time.
The Government of India issued a notice regarding the prohibition of air travel for the existing Visa holders and the OCI holders last month due to the covid-19 pandemic. The now issued notice is released to lift the prohibition on the same. The government has also successfully brought back some of the indian citizens from countries like China, Malaysia, UAE etc. who were stuck there because of the spread of the infection.