With the improvement of the Covid-19 situation in India, the Government of the Republic of India has decided to commence issuing tourist visas to foreign nationals as per following guidelines:
(i) All foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism purposes will be allowed to enter into India on Tourist Visa through chartered flights (for group tourism only) from October 15, 2021.
(ii) All individual foreign nationals intending to visit India for tourism purposes will be allowed to enter into India on Tourist Visa w.e.fNovember 15, 2021.
(iii) The above mentioned foreign nationals would be permitted to enter India by water routes or by flights, including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘air bubble scheme’ or by any scheduled/non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. In no case, the foreign nationals will be allowed to enter into India through land Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) on Tourist Visa.
(iv) All foreign nationals intending to travel to India for tourism purposes are required to obtain a Fresh Tourist Visa because the existing valid Tourist visa (in case any foreign nationals are holding) continues to remain suspended.
(v) In respect of quarantine and all other health/COVID-19 related matters, extant guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare shall be strictly adhered to.
2. All Uzbek citizens and foreign nationals residing in Uzbekistan are therefore eligible to apply for Tourist Visa as per the above guidelines at the Embassy of India, Tashkent. As regards Afghan nationals, visa for them continues to be regulated under different guidelines published earlier (Embassy’s circular dtd. August 27, 2021, under the head “Cancellation of physical visas granted to Afghan nationals” on its website).