The Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India on Thursday said that it has been taking up with foreign countries the issue of easing travel restrictions for Indians in view of an improvement in the coronavirus situation in the country.
It may be noted that many countries have put restrictions on travelers from India given the surge in Coronavirus cases in April and May 2021.
After the restrictions imposed a lot of Indian students studying in institutions in China, Italy and several other countries have been stuck in India in view of the travel restrictions.
“With the improvement in the Covid-19 situation in India, we have been taking up with foreign countries the issue of easing travel restrictions for Indians. We believe that this is an important element towards economic recovery,” said Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry
“There have been some positive steps in this direction, and we would hope that more countries take steps to normalize the movement of people from India,” he added.
Moreover, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said in Rajya Sabha that the government has been making efforts for easing travel restrictions for Indian students enrolled in foreign universities.
“Our missions abroad have been actively taking up these issues with the respective governments and have been impressing upon those governments to ease the travel restrictions,” he said replying to a question.
“The issue of travel restrictions has been taken up at the ministerial level with several countries. Consequently, travel restrictions are being eased for Indian students to travel to many countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Georgia, etc,” he said.
Muraleedharan said more countries are expected to open up when the coronavirus situation improves.
(With Inputs From PTI)