OCI cardholders from US, UK, Germany and France can now enter India says Ministry of Home Affairs

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and France will be permitted to visit the country, The Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Friday.

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and France will be permitted to visit the country, The Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Friday. The permission is applicable to those countries with which India has signed the ‘air bubble’ arrangement. The ‘air bubble’ are temporary travel arrangements between two countries to facilitate the restarting of commercial passenger services since regular international flights are suspended due to COVID-19. India has created transport bubbles with the US, UK, France, and Germany at present.

Other foreigners from these countries can also make use of Indian visa facilities for business, medical and employment purposes.

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The ministry also intends to extend the scheme to other countries as well so that Indian nationals can visit other countries and foreign nationals can travel to India without restrictions.

Any Indian holding any type of valid visa of such countries may be permitted to travel to the country concerned, provided there is no travel restriction on the entry of the Indian citizen in that country, said the Home Ministry.

The ministry also said that existing restrictions on incoming passenger traffic who come through the immigration check posts will not be applicable to the citizens.

It will be the responsibility of airlines concerned before issuing of tickets and boarding pass, to ensure that no travel restrictions are imposed on the Indian nationals to enter the concerned country.

Movement of cargo, goods, and supplies in any vehicle will also not be affected by the existing restrictions.

The decision has come at a time when international travel continues to be banned in the unlock phase 3 and the government plans to gradually ease the restrictions in place now.

However, all COVID-19 related matters, guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family shall be adhered to, added the Home Ministry.