Govt eases visa rules for engineers, health professionals, others to visit India.
This is the first time after the nationwide lockdown that foreign nationals are allowed to visit India.
Government said the foreign nationals holding a business visa would have to get their travel documents re-validated.
The Government of India has considered the matter regarding relaxation of the visa and travel restrictions for certain categories of foreign nationals who need to come to India.
“It has been decided to permit the following categories of foreign nationals to come to India,” a home ministry statement said on Wednesday.
Those who are allowed to visit India are: foreign businessmen coming to India on a business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial and chartered flights.
Foreign healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians who wish to come for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories.
This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognised and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or accredited university in India.
Foreign engineering, managerial, design or other specialists who wish to travel to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India.
Also, foreign nationals holding a valid long-term multiple-entry business visa (other than B-3 visa for sports) issued by the Indian missions abroad would have to get the business visa re-validated from the Indian mission concerned.
The government on May 7 launched a special operation under the name of Vande Bharat Mission for evacuation of stranded Indians in foreign nations through air and sea.
Subsequently, it allowed Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies.