India allows more foreigners, OCI cardholders to enter

Minor children, married couples, students, those facing family emergencies, dependents of officials, covered.

India has further relaxed its visa rules to permit more categories of foreigners, including Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders stuck around the world due to covid lockdown, to travel to India.

Permitted categories include minor children, married couples, students, those facing family emergencies and dependent family members of foreign diplomats and officials.

Minor children with foreign passports who hold OCI cards & whose parents are Indian nationals will now be permitted to enter India, according to a travel advisory issued by the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Also allowed are OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like critical medical conditions of immediate family members or death.

So are married couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national.

Students who are OCI cardholders where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI cardholder too can now enter India.

Similarly foreign nationals who are minor children where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI cardholder are also allowed to enter India now.

So are foreign nationals married to Indian citizens and foreign nationals who are single parents of minor children holding Indian passports or OCI cards.

Students who are foreign nationals where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI Cardholder are also permitted.

So are dependent family members of foreign diplomats and official/service passport holding service staff accredited to foreign diplomatic missions, consular offices or accredited International Organizations in India.

However, foreign nationals in permitted categories will have to obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category from the Embassy of India, Washington DC or one of its Consulates in the US.

Those holding a valid long-term multiple entry visas would have to get them re-validated. They will not be permitted to travel to India on the strength of any electronic visa obtained earlier.

But applicants with emergency visa issued since March 13, by the Indian Embassy in Washington DC or one of its Consulates in the US do not require re-validation of visa, the advisory clarified.

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One Comment

  1. NICK ZINNA

    OCI HOLDERS (HOLDING FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP) WHO WERE BORN IN INDIA, HAD INDIAN PASSPORTS & WHO HAVE FAMILY & PROPOERTIES/INVESTMENTS ABROAD & ALSO IN INDIA. CAN THESE INDIVIDUALS COME TO INDIA TO VISIT THEIR AGED RELATIVES &/OR THEIR INVESTMENTS IN INDIA? THSI A KEY UNANSWERD QUESTION I HAVE ASKED MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES, WITH NO CLEAR ANSWER

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