On 7th August 2020( Friday), the Home Ministry announced that the Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI card) holders from the US, UK, France, and Germany arrangements will now be allowed to visit the country.
Foreigners of these countries (German, US, UK, and France) are also allowed to avail of the Indian Visa facility for medical, employment purposes, and business. The Home Ministry released a notification mentioning that the Indian Citizens are now allowed to travel to these countries on any type of visa. Some other countries may also get included in the future, the notification added.
A spokesman from the Home Ministry told that “Ministry of Home Affairs has permitted to enter India with OCI card who belong to countries with ‘air bubble’s arrangements have finalized by Ministry of Civil aviation.” During the coronavirus epidemic- related international travel restriction, India has two-way arrangements for air travel or ‘air bubble’ with the US, UK, Germany, and France.
A need for the relaxation of visa and travel restriction for some more categories of foreign nationals will be provided so that they can travel to India and other Indian nationals who want to visit other countries in the context of the ‘air bubble’, as the Home Ministry told.
The notification also reported that the countries in the agreement i.e the US, UK, France, Germany, and other countries which may be included in the scheme or some other schemes similar to this in the future will be allowed to enter in India.
Appropriate visas, papers provided for the applicants will be granted by the Indian missions of these countries. There is no adverse input about them. The Home Ministry also asserted that before the tickets are issued and the boarding pass is given to the Indian passengers, the airlines should be concerned to make sure that there is no travel restriction for Indian nationals to enter the country concerned with the specific category.