All due protocols and norms relating to Covid-19 as notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from time to time, shall be adhered to by the foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India and all other stakeholders at landing stations.
With this move, the restrictions placed on visa and international travel stand further eased given the present overall Covid-19 situation. All visas granted to foreigners were suspended last year. Various other restrictions were also imposed on international travel by the Central Government to arrest the spread of the pandemic. After considering the evolving Covid-19 situation, foreigners were later on allowed to avail any kind of Indian visa other than tourist visa for entry and stay in India.
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In a statement, the government said, “MHA had been receiving representations from several state governments as well as various stakeholders in the tourism sector to start tourist visas also, to allow foreign tourists to come to India.Therefore, the MHA consulted all major stakeholders like the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and various State Governments where foreign tourists are expected to arrive.”
Travel trade expressed joy over government’s move and hoped the move will help revive inbound tourism in the country. Rajiv Mehra, President Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), thanked the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Tourism Minister for considering its request in resuming tourist visa. ” This is a very encouraging decision for the country’s tourism industry and we hope the inbound tourism would start to some extent and will give sigh of relief to the tourism industry stakeholders,” he said.
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Mehra further made an appeal to the Government to resume international flight operation and said all airlines should be allowed to start operating their flights as per bilateral agreement that was in place before March 2020 so that foreign tourists who want to visit our country can book their tickets.Sharing his view, Nakul Anand, Chairman, FAITH said, “We are thankful to the PM, MHA and especially the Union Minister of Tourism for constantly dialoguing with the tourism industry and taking up the issue of tourist visa resumption at the highest level. We look forward to a healthy start to inbound tourism and given no third wave hope, all countries encourage visitation.”
He further stated that the first 5 lakh free of cost tourist visas should act as a jump start especially coming in the beginning of the peak season. “All FAITH associations constantly engaged with all stakeholders of the government constantly emphasising to reopen borders to international tourists and begin issuing tourist visas once the Covid situation came under control and vaccinations picked up,” Anand mentioned.