India Restores Long Duration Tourist Visas with Immediate Effect
The Government of India has decided to restore old valid long duration (10 years) regular (papers) tourist visas for the US and Japan nationals with immediate effect.
Apart from this it has also restored five-year e-tourist visa suspended since March 2020, to nationals of 156 countries with immediate effect.
Fresh regular (paper) tourist visa up to five years validity will be issued to the nationals of the eligible countries subject to the restrictions imposed from time to time.
The foreign nationals on tourist and e-tourist visas will be able to enter into India only through designated Sea Immigration Check Posts (IPs) or Airport ICPs by flights, including those under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble’ scheme or by any flights as allowed by the DGCA or Ministry of Civil Aviation.
In no case, the foreign nationals will be allowed to enter through land border or riverine routes on tourist visa or e-tourist visa.
Applicants are advised to go through the guidelines for international travel to India available at the website of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India).