Foreign journalists with visas to be allowed to come back to India: MHA

New Delhi, August 18

The authorities has allowed overseas journalists with legitimate visas to come back to India together with relations.

A Home Ministry notification mentioned the choice had been taken after contemplating the want for additional rest of visa and journey restrictions for extra classes of overseas nationals who wish to journey to India.

Accordingly, along with the classes of overseas nationals, who have been already permitted to enter India, it has been determined to allow overseas nationals holding Journalist (J-1) visas and their dependents holding J-1X visas to enter India, the notification mentioned.

If they’ve J-1 or J-1X visas, which have been suspended, such visas shall stand restored with fast impact to facilitate their entry into India.

However, the Home Ministry mentioned if the validity of such visas has expired, they could get hold of contemporary J-1 or J-1X visas, because the case could also be, from the Indian missions or posts involved.

It has additionally been determined that the prevailing restrictions on incoming passenger site visitors into India by means of the immigration examine posts wouldn’t apply in respect of those classes of overseas nationals, the notification mentioned.

However, in respect of quarantine and all different well being and COVID-related issues, pointers of the Ministry of Health shall be adhered to.

The authorities has already allowed Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders from the US, UK, German and France, with whom India has signed ‘air bubble’ preparations, to go to India.

Other foreigners from these international locations have additionally been allowed to avail Indian visa facility for enterprise, medical and employment functions.

The authorities has restricted journey of foreigners to India since March 25 when the coronavirus induced country-wide lockdown got here into impact. PTI

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