However, foreign tourists entering India by other, non-chartered flights would be able to do so only with effect from 15 November, on fresh Tourist Visas.
India's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will begin granting Tourist Visas to foreigners coming to India through chartered flights, effective October 15 2021.
In a statement on Thursday (7 October 2021), the MHA said foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India, and all other stakeholders at landing stations are to adhere to all due protocols and norms relating to COVID-19, as notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare from time to time.
Currently, foreigners are only allowed to enter and stay in India on any kind of Indian visa other than the Tourist Visa.
In making this decision, the MHA consulted all major stakeholders like the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and various State Governments where foreign tourists are expected to arrive.
While the above applies to tourists entering on chartered flights, MHA has noted that those entering India by flights other than chartered aircrafts will be able to do so from 15 November 2021.
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