Government of India extended the visa validity of all foreign nationals who had come to India before March 2020 and were stucked here due to the covid-19 lockdown and travel restrictions.

The decision comes due to non-availability of normal commercial flight operations from March 2020 onwards due to the covid-19 pandemic.


MEA Spokesperson in a tweet said, "Indian visa or stay stipulation period of foreign nationals stranded in India due to COVID-19 pandemic to be considered as deemed to be valid till 31.08.2021"

Ministry of Home in a press release stated, "It has accordingly been decided that the Indian visa or stay stipulation period of such foreign nationals stranded in India will be considered as deemed to be valid till 31.08.2021 on gratis basis without levy of any overstay penalty."

It may be noted that these foreign nationals will not be required to submit any application to the concerned FRRO/FRO for extension of their visa.

Also, such foreign nationals can apply for exit permission to the concerned FRRO/FRO before leaving the country, which will be provided on free basis without any penalty.
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