India allows foreign businessmen, engineers, healthcare professionals to enter the country

Indian home ministry in its revived guidelines has allowed a selected list of foreign nationals including businessmen to enter the country on fresh visas.According to the statement provided by home ministry, foreign businessmen, engineers and healthcare professionals can enter the country on the condition that they get their visas re-validated and fly into the country in chartered flights.

The home ministry order protected four wide categories of foreigners who can enter the country in non-scheduled commercial flights or chartered flights. The government, which had banned the entry of foreigners in March this year to stop the spread of covid-19.

The other categories allowed to enter the country contain healthcare professionals on invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and specialists who need to travel on behalf of foreign business entities located in India.

The select group of foreign nationals would have to obtain a fresh business visa or employment visa, as applicable, from the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad.

Foreign nationals holding a valid long term multiple entry business visa [other than B-3 visa for sports] issued by the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad would have to get the Business visa re-validated from the Indian Mission/ Post concerned. Such foreign nationals would not be permitted to travel to India on the strength of any electronic visa obtained earlier.