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MEA Official Spokesperson response on new guidelines on long-term Tourist Visa

New Delhi
December 24, 2009

In response to a question on New Guidelines on long-term Tourist Visas the Official Spokesperson said,

“According to the new guidelines on Tourist Visa issued on 4th November, 2009, a two month gap between two visits is mandatory for foreigners holding long term multi entry Tourist Visas. 

To facilitate bonafide tourists, it has since been decided that foreigners holding Tourist Visas, who after initial entry into India plan to visit another country and re-enter India before finally exiting, may be permitted two or three entries, as the case may be, by the Indian Missions/Posts, subject to their submission of a detailed itinerary and supporting documentation (ticket bookings). 

The Immigration authorities in all the Immigration Check Posts in India have also been authorized to allow tourists to make two or three entries, as the case may be, based on production of an itinerary and documentation (ticket bookings) substantiating the need for tourism related travel”.