India to allow foreign tourists via chartered flights from Oct 15
New Delhi/IBNS: The Centre on Thursday announced that it will allow foreign tourists to come to India through chartered flights Oct 15 onwards.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will begin granting fresh tourist visas to foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from Oct 15 and for the rest the process will begin Nov 15 onwards.
"After considering various inputs, the MHA has decided to begin granting of fresh Tourist Visas for foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021," the MHA statement said.
"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," it stated.
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.
With this, the restrictions placed on visa and international travel stand further eased given the present overall COVID-19 situation, the government announced.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year.
After considering the evolving COVID-19 situation, foreigners were later on allowed to avail any kind of Indian visa other than tourist visa for entry and stay in India.