Sumary of India to reopen to tourists from 15 October:
- India is set to allow foreign tourists back into the country from later this week, changing its Covid-related travel restrictions to grant new tourist visas to certain arrivals.
- The country’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced that visas will initially be granted only to travellers arriving on chartered flights from 15 October, before being extended to those arriving on commercial flights from 15 November.
- Those mid-October arrivals will be the first tourists into the country in 19 months.
- No tourist visas have been issued since March 2020, when Prime Minister Modi’s government closed borders to foreign nationals in response to the pandemic.
- Other foreign visas, such as those for diplomats and business figures, had been reinstalled in recent months, but the government has held off permitting tourists until now.
- “After considering various inputs, the MHA (home ministry) has decided to begin granting fresh tourist visas for foreigners coming to India through chartered flights with effect from October 15, 2021,” read the statement from the Ministry.