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Updated Advisory on Travel to India for Visa / OCI Card Holders

Updated Advisory on Travel to India for Visa / OCI Card Holders

Washington DC
05 May 2020

In continuation of our advisory of 22 April 2020, the following may kindly be noted:

(i) All existing visas issued to nationals of any country who have not yet entered India, will remain suspended till prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted by the Government of India. Exceptions include Visa issued to Diplomats, Official passport holders, those in UN / International organizations, and those on Employment and Project visas.
(ii) Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders who are not in India presently, will continue to remain in abeyance till prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted by the Government of India. The OCI card of a traveler presently in India shall remain valid.
(iii) Regular visa, e-visa or stay stipulation of all foreign nationals whose visas have expired or would be expiring during the period 01 February, 2020 (midnight) till the date on which prohibition on international air travel of passengers from India is lifted by the Government of India, would be extended on GRATIS basis on submission of online application with the FRRO/FRO. Such extensions would be granted for a period up to 30 days from the date of lifting of prohibition on international air travel of passengers from India without levy of overstay penalty. Exit to such foreign nationals, if so, requested by them, will also be granted on the same lines.