Government Eases 60-day Gap Restriction on Tourist Visas

Bringing some relief to visitors to India, the Indian government has eased restrictions on tourist visas, which had mandated a two-month gap between consecutive visits by foreign nationals. However, nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and “stateless persons” will continue to come under the 60-day gap rule. According to reports, The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had asked the Ministries of Home and External Affairs, Government of India to review the restrictions, including the possibility of bringing in more countries under the visa-on-arrival scheme and improving conditions at major airports. The order dated November 23, 2012 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India said, “The provision relating to the two-month gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a tourist visa has been reviewed by the government. It has now been decided to lift the restriction of two-month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India.”

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