Tourist visas to India resume

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has announced it will grant fresh tourist visas to incoming foreigners via charter flights from Oct 15 and for all other flights from Nov 15. There will also be no capacity restrictions on scheduled domestic flights from October 18.

Nisha Verma

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to begin granting fresh tourist visas for foreigners coming to
India through chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021. Foreign tourists entering into India by flights other than chartered aircraft would be able to do so only with effect from November 15, 2021 on fresh tourist visas. All due protocols and norms relating to COVID-19 as notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from time to time, shall be adhered to by the foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India and all other stakeholders at landing stations. However, the move has come after MHA started receiving representations from several State
Governments as well as various stakeholders in the tourism sector to start tourist visas also, to allow foreign tourists to come to India. Therefore, the MHA consulted all major stakeholders like the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and various State Governments where foreign tourists are expected to arrive. After considering various inputs, the MHA has taken the decision to restart granting tourist visas.

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