Minister of Home Affairs today announced that the Government of India has considered the matter regarding the relaxation of Visa and travel restrictions for certain categories of foreign nationals who need to visit India. As per the statement released by the Ministry, the government has decided to permit certain categories of foreign nationals to come to India.
According to the official statement duly signed by Manoj Kumar Jha, Deputy Secretary of the Govt. of India, foreign businessmen on a Business Visa (other than on B-3 visa of sports) in non-scheduled commercial/charted flights will be allowed to travel to India. Foreign Healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers, and technicians for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories, will be allowed but a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or accredited university in India will be required.
Foreign Engineering Managerial, Design or other specialists traveling to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India will be allowed. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software, and IT units as well as financial sector companies ( banking and non-banking financial sector firms).
Apart from these, foreign Technical specialists and engineers traveling for installation, repair, and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India will be allowed to visit but only on the invitation of a registered Indian business entity. These could be for equipment installation or is under warranty, or for after-sales servicing or repair on commercial terms.
Also, Foreign nationals holding a valid long term multiple entry business visa (other than B-3 visa for sports) issued by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad shall have to get the Business visa re-validated from the Indian Mission/Post concerned. Such foreign nationals will not be permitted to travel to India on the strength of any electronic visa obtained earlier.