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Centre relaxes visa restriction OCI and PIO card holders can visit India

ll such travelers will, however have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding quarantine and other health COVID-19 matters.

The Government today has decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India almost eight months after their suspension following the corona virus outbreak and subsequent imposition of a nationwide lockdown.

The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has issued a statement in which it said that, It has been decided to permit all OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) and PIO (Persons of Indian origin) card holders, and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, except on a tourist visa to enter by air or water routes through authorized airports and seaport immigration check posts.

This will also include flights operated under Vande Bharat Mission, Air Transport Bubble arrangements or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. All such travelers will, however have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding quarantine and other health COVID-19 matters.

Under this graded relaxation, Government of India has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas (except electronic visa, Tourist Visa and Medical Visa), the statement said.

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