Visa and Travel Restrictions in Response to COVID - 19 in India

The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to permit the following categories of foreign nationals to come to India:

  • Foreign businessmen coming to India on a business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial and chartered flights.
  • Foreign healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers, and technicians who wish to come for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories. This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognised and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company, or accredited university in India.
  • Foreign engineering, managerial, design, or other specialists who wish to travel to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software, and IT units as well as financial sector companies (banking and non-banking financial sector firms)
  • Foreign technical specialists and engineers who want to visit India for installation, repair, and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India, on the invitation of a registered Indian business entity. These could be for equipment installation or is under warranty, or for after-sales servicing or repair on commercial terms.

The above categories of foreign nationals would have to obtain a fresh business visa or employment visa, as applicable, from the Indian missions and posts abroad,” the statement said. Also, foreign nationals holding a valid long-term multiple-entry business visa (other than B-3 visa for sports) issued by the Indian missions abroad would have to get the business visa re-validated from the Indian mission concerned. Such foreign nationals would not be permitted to travel to India on the strength of any electronic visa obtained earlier.

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