Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders from the US, UK, Germany and France, with whom India has signed ‘air bubble’ arrangements, will be allowed to visit the country, the Home Ministry announced on Friday.
Other foreigners from these countries have also been allowed to avail of the Indian visa facility for business, medical and employment purposes.
“Ministry of Home Affairs has permitted to enter India OCI card holders who belong to countries with which ‘air bubble’ arrangements have been finalised by Ministry of Civil Aviation,” a home ministry spokesperson said.
India so far has bilateral air travel arrangements or ‘air bubbles’ with the US, UK, Germany and France during the coronavirus pandemic-related international travel restrictions.Promoted: In Stores
Other countries may be included under this scheme in the future, the notification said.
The home ministry said it has further considered the need for visa relaxation and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals who want to travel to India and Indian nationals intending to visit other countries in the context of the ‘air bubble’ scheme.Advertisement
Indian missions of these countries with whom the ‘air bubble’ arrangement is in place will grant appropriate visa, provided papers of the applicants are in order and there is no adverse input about them.
Any Indian national holding any type of valid visa of such countries may be permitted to travel to the country concerned provided there is no travel restriction for entry of Indian nationals in that country.