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India relaxes tourist visa rules; no need for two month sit-out for multiple entry

Excerpt from IndiaRealTime-WSJ

Dec 04, 2012 9:39 pm

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Indian visa rules have become very arbitrary over the years, mainly as a result of paranoia about terrorism and Pakistan. This rule will help not just foreign tourists, but also the Indian diaspora that makes frequent trips to the country.

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Tourists visiting India and then, say, popping over the border to Nepal no longer need to wait two months to re-enter the country.

After the attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, India tightened its visa rules to stop people with multiple re-entry visas from leaving India and returning soon after.

There are some exceptions. The two-month wait will still apply to nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and stateless persons, the home ministry said in a statement.

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