46 foreigners held for violating visa norms

#GS2 #e-Governance #VisaNorms

  • As many as 46 foreign nationals from Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Kazakhstan have been arrested from Bihar and sent to jail for violation of visa norms.
  • All had come to Bihar after the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin.

Visa Policy of India

  • Visitors to India must obtain a visa from an Indian diplomatic mission unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or a country whose citizens may obtain a visa on arrival, or an e-Visa online.
  • In January 2019 the Indian government updated e-Visa rules for all eligible countries. The validity of Indian e-tourist and e-Business Visa was increased from 60 days with double entry to up-to 1 year with multiple entries. The validity count starts from the day of being granted the e-visa online and not from the day of physical entry as before.
  • A Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required to enter the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim and some parts of the states Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. A Ristricted Area Permit (RAP) is required to enter the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Sikkim.
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