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2 Month Gap on Indian Tourist Visas Removed

By December 3, 2012

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Way back in January 2012, I mentioned that the Prime Minister's Office had asked the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs to resolve the confusion around restrictions on re-entry for tourists, due to concerns that it had been affecting the flow of tourists to India. It was thought that, as a result, the requirement for a two month gap between visits to India would be abolished.

Frustratingly, nearly a year passed without any update on the matter. However, today, there finally seems to be some good news! According to this news report, the two month gap rule has been lifted. It states:

The order dated November 23 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said, "The provision relating to the two-month gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a tourist visa has been reviewed by the government. It has now been decided... to lift the restriction of two-month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India."

Apparently, there are some exceptions though. The 2 month gap rule will still apply to citizens of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin, and "stateless persons".

Of course, now it remains to be seen how effectively the information is disseminated and the change implemented. Let's hope it happens quickly and without confusion!

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