India relaxes travel norms for foreigners

Indian has relaxed visa and travel restrictions for some categories of foreign nationals who need to visit the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

The Government has allowed foreign businessmen coming to India on a Business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial/ chartered flights. It also said that foreign Healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians who come for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories will be allowed to travel. This will be subject to a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or accredited University in India, the Ministry said.

Foreign Engineering, Managerial, Design or other Specialists who are travelling to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India can travel to the country. The Ministry said that this includes all manufacturing units, design units, software and IT units as well as financial sector companies (banking and non-banking financial sector firms).

The Ministry said that foreign Technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India can enter the country. But it is based on invitation of a registered Indian business entity.

The Ministry has specified that the foreign nationals who want to visit the country should obtain a fresh Business visa or Employment visa. Foreign nationals holding a valid long term multiple entry Business visa [other than B-3 visa for sports] issued by the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad would have to get the Business visa re-validated from the Indian Mission/ Post concerned.

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