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Categories of Foreign Nationals including Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders who are allowed to enter India during COVID pandemic

Government of India has decided on 12.6.2020 to permit the following categories of foreign nationals including Overseas citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders to enter India:

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cardholders

-Minor children who hold OCI cards & whose parents are Indian nationals

-OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like critical medical conditions of immediate family members or death

-Married couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national

-Students who are OCI cardholders where at least one of their parents is an Indian Citizen or an OCI cardholder

Other Foreign nationals (subject to revalidation of existing visa/obtaining fresh visa)

-Dependent family members of foreign diplomats and official/service passport holding service staff accredited to foreign diplomatic Missions, consular offices or accredited International organization.

-Foreign nationals who are minor children where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI card holder.

-Foreign nationals married to Indian citizens.

-Foreign nationals who are single parent of minor children holding Indian passports or OCI cards.

-Students who are foreign nationals where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI card holder.

Foreign nationals as mentioned above shall have to obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category from the Indian Embassy in Helsinki by applying in person at the Embassy during Consular hours.

Visas for Foreign nationals of some categories

Following categories of foreign nationals holding a valid long term multiple entry Business Visa [other than B-3 visa for sports] issued by the Indian Missions would have to get their Business Visa re-validated from the Indian Missions/Posts concerned by obtaining a fresh visa. Such foreign nationals would not be permitted to travel to India with the electronic visa obtained earlier.

-Foreign businessmen coming to India on a business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in a non-scheduled commercial/chartered flight.

-Foreign healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians for technical work at Indian healthcare facilities, including laboratories and factories. (This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or an accredited University in India )

-Foreign engineering, managerial, design or other specialist travelling to India on behalf of foreign businesses located in India. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software and IT units as well as financial sector companies (Banking and NBFC firms)

-Foreign Technical specialists and engineers traveling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery/equipment facilities in India, on the invitation of a registered Indian entity. (These could be for equipment installation, or is under warranty, or for after sales servicing or repair on commercial terms)

Any such foreign nationals are advised to apply for visa again at our Indian Embassies  during Consular hours.

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1271445863416557570?s=19

(e-Visa is not being issued)

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