As the Coronavirus cases in India gradually decline, many countries have started easing travel restrictions for Indian citizens, and India hopes that more countries will soon lift the travel restriction on passengers from India.
Therefore, the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has now asked China to permit Indian citizens to travel to the country. India wants its citizens to be able to travel to China, as Chinese nationals are already able to travel to India at this time.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the request has been made especially for those who are working or studying in China and stranded in India due to travel restrictions.
“While we recognize the need to ensure safety and strictly follow Covid- related protocols, essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view the fact that Chinese nationals can travel to India,” said Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of MEA.
It must be noted that the Chinese govt has suspended existing visas since November 2021 and the Indian Embassy is in touch with its Chinese counterpart regarding the same.
Earlier in March 2021, the Chinese Embassy had issued a notification that said visas would be facilitated to those who are taking Chinese-made vaccines.
Bagchi said It is understood that several Indian nationals have applied for Chinese visas after getting vaccinated in that manner but are yet to be issued visas.
Since these Indian nationals have apparently met the requirements laid down by the Chinese side, we hope that the Chinese embassy would be able to issue them visas soon.”