Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Tuesday a new category of electronic visas to fast track visa applications of foreign and Afghan citizens who wish to come to India, due to the current situations in Afghanistan.
“MHA reviews visa provisions because of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” was introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India.” MHA spokesperson said in a tweet.
MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India.@HMOIndia @PIB_India @DDNewslive @airnewsalerts
— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) August 17, 2021
The announcement comes after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that the Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan and his staff will be moved to India immediately.
“In view of the prevailing circumstances, it has been decided that our Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
On Tuesday, MEA minister Dr S Jaishankar flew to New York to discuss the developments in Afghanistan and to underline the urgency of restoring airport operations in Kabul.
Hundreds of people rushed to the airport on Sunday to fly out of Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country. According to reports by Reuters, five people died in the airport, the reason for which is not known yet.
As reported by MoneyControl, there were no major reports of abuses or fighting in Afghanistan, but many residents stayed home and remained fearful after the insurgents’ advance saw prisons emptied and armouries looted.