Visa and travel restrictions eased for foreign healthcare professionals to come to India

The Union government has decided to permit foreign business, healthcare professionals and skilled professionals to come to India.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the Centre has decided to relax visa and travel restrictions for certain categories of foreign nationals who need to come to India. It has decided to permit foreign business, healthcare professionals and skilled professionals to come to India, the Union Home Ministry said on Wednesday.

Who can come to India during the lockdown

1. Foreign businessmen coming to India on a Business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial/ chartered flights.

2. Foreign healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories. This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or accredited University in India.

3. Foreign Engineering, Managerial, Design or other Specialists travelling to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software and IT units as well as financial sector companies (banking and non-banking financial sector firms).

4. Foreign technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India, on the invitation of a registered Indian business entity. These could be for equipment installation, or is under warranty, or for after sales servicing or repair on commercial terms.

Visa and travel Advisory

The above categories 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, the ministry said in a release. 

First Published:June 3, 2020, 5:33 p.m.