India allows overseas citizens to return via international flights - Here’s all you need to know
- The Indian government has eased visa restrictions for international travellers under its ‘air bubble’ scheme.
- This has allowed all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and other foreigners of countries which have “air bubble” agreements to enter India.
Indian embassiesof these countries will grant an appropriate visa, provided papers of the applicants are in order, and there is no adverse input about them.
Indian embassies of these countries will grant an appropriate visa, provided papers of the applicants are in order, and there is no adverse input about them, the home ministry said, according to PTI.
Furthermore, foreign nationals belonging to countries with which MoCA has 'air bubble' arrangements can now avail I… https://t.co/9uixm6WEUH— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) 1596972557000
Earlier in March, the government suspended all visas granted to foreigners except to those belonging to Diplomatic, Official, UN/International organizations in the wake of coronavirus.
What is an OCI card?
The Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in India indefinitely. The OCI was introduced in response to demands for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora, particularly in developed countries.
What is an ‘Air bubble’ agreement?
Even after this, International travel continues to remain banned in the third phase of “Unlock 3”. But, the government has released various flight schedules under Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate and facilitate the travel to these countries for Indian nationals.
Earlier in June, India also allowed entry to OCI cardholders who are a single parent of minors, students, dependent family members of foreign diplomats and service staff accredited to foreign diplomatic missions.
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