India to launch customised visa for foreigners based on its tourists’ treatment abroad

Monitor Desk Report Date: 06 October, 2021 | 556 Views

As India is set to open up its border for foreign tourists, the Central Government has decided on 'reciprocal treatment' to the applicants under new visa conditions. The visa facilitation will depend on the applicant's home country's policy for the Indian tourists.
A top official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told that to iron out all the issues emerging from such a situation, a meeting was held last week, which was attended by representatives from all concerned agencies, which was chaired by the Union Home Secretary.
The official added that it was decided in the meeting that reciprocal treatment will be adopted for tourists visiting India. He added, “Many countries have opened for tourists from foreign countries but have posed several restrictions for Indian travellers. The issues have been raised with the diplomats of concerned countries to get issues resolved."
Therefore, reports have it that an incoming foreign tourist might be required to provide their vaccination certificate or will have to undergo a quarantine period or face rejection, depending on how Indian tourists are treated while visiting their country. Reportedly, the concerned officials will now be scrutising each application based on the latest rules, instead of a standard one, which was applicable 18 months ago, when the tourist visas were withdrawn due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Further, the MHA has also held discussions with the Ministry of Tourism, tour operators association, Ministry of Aviation, and other stakeholders to chalk out the framework. As per the reports, the final decision over the matter will be made during the next meeting, which will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary scheduled for next week.

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