The Indian government has restored valid five-year old e-tourist visas given to citizens of 156 countries and regular paper visas to nationals of all countries with immediate effect. These visas were suspended in March 2020, following the Covid-19 outbreak.
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As per the official announcement, currently valid old long duration (10 years) regular tourist visas given to nationals of the US and Japan have been restored.
Fresh long duration (10 year) tourist visas will also be issued to US and Japanese nationals.
Nationals of these 156 countries will now be eligible for issuance of fresh e-tourist visas as per the Visa Manual, 2019.
Fresh regular (paper) tourist visas up to five years of validity will also be issued to the nationals of the eligible countries, subject to the restrictions imposed from time to time, the officials said.
The foreign nationals on tourist and e-tourist visas will only be able to enter the country through designated Sea Immigration Check Posts or Airport ICPs by flights. In no case will they be allowed to enter through land border or riverine routes on tourist visas or e-tourist visas.
Check out the official confirmation –
Ministry of Home Affairs restores all valid five-year e-tourist visas to nationals of 156 countries with immediate effect which was suspended since March 2020 because of #Covid pandemic. Nationals of these counties will also be eligible for issuance of fresh e-Tourist visa.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) March 17, 2022
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