Monday, 10 December 2012

Indian Government Eases Tourist Visa Restrictions

Some great news for tourists traveling to India - On December 4th, 2012, the Indian government issued a statement saying that it was no longer necessary for people traveling to India on a tourist visa to wait 2 months to return when they left the country. Now tourists can come into India, leave the country and return the next day, if they want to. There had been a two month waiting time if you had to leave the country for any reason.

According to 'The visa restrictions were introduced to reduce the flow of people into and out of India following terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people. However, government officials recognized that such measures were negatively impacting the country's tourism industry.'

The only way around this was if you had a travel itinerary that you could show the immigration officials which showed your entire travel plans that included multiple entries to India from, for instance, Nepal or Thailand.

Updated Info - Official Indian government websites concerning the easing of restrictions:

Government of India Press Information Bureau:

Embassy of India, Washington, DC:

Here is the announcement which was posted on the Travisa website for Indian tourist visa applications for US citizens:

Permit to Re-Enter Restriction Lifted

Travelers on a Tourist visa were previously required to have a gap of at least 2 months between two separate visits to India. The restriction has now been lifted except for nationals of China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origin and stateless persons.

You can find more information here concerning the new rules on Indian tourist visa:

Here's another link from regarding the easing of the two month wait for tourist visas.