The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on Wednesday announced relaxations in visa and travel restrictions to allow certain categories of foreign nationals to travel to India amid the coronavirus lockdown.
“The Government of India has considered the matter regarding relaxation of visa and travel restrictions for certain categories of foreign nationals who need to come to India. It has been decided to permit certain categories of foreign nationals to come to India,” the Ministry of Home Affairs said.
- Foreign businessmen coming to India on a Business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial/ chartered flights.
- Foreign Healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers, and technicians for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories. This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility registered pharmaceutical company, or accredited University in India.
- Foreign Engineering, Managerial, Design, or other Specialists traveling to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software, and IT units as well as financial sector companies (banking and non-banking financial sector firms).
- Foreign Technical specialists and engineers traveling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India, 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.
The above categories of foreign nationals would have to obtain a fresh Business visa or Employment visa, as applicable, from the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad.
Foreign nationals holding a valid long term multiple entry Business visas [other than B-3 visa for sports] issued by the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad would have to get the Business visa re-validated from the Indian Mission/ Post concerned.
Such foreign nationals would not be permitted to travel to India on the strength of any electronic visa obtained earlier.
(With Input from PIB)
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