On October 21, 2020, Government of India Ministry of Home Affairs issued a memorandum announcing relaxation of visa & travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals who want to travel to India.
a) Following categories of foreign nationals are permitted to enter India by water routes or by flights including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble’ (bilateral air travel arrangements) scheme or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the ministry of Civil Aviation,
1) All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders holding passports of any country.
2) All foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose (including dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) expect those on Tourist Visa.
b) All existing visas, except electronic visas (e-visa), Tourist visa and Medical Visa which remained suspended shall stand restored with immediate effect.
c) Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to come to India from any country (including any third country).
d) There will be no restriction on incoming passenger traffic into India through the authorized airport/seaport Immigration check posts for all categories of foreign nationals who are permitted to enter India or those who may be permitted to enter India in Future.
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