Modi government announced that it would issue emergency E-visas to Afghan nationals who want to come to the country in view of the prevailing situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power.

All Afghans, regardless of their religion, can apply for an 'e-emergency ex-diverse visa' online and the applications will be processed in New Delhi. The announcement came two days after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.

Home Ministry spokesman said, "The MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’ introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India,"

Officials said that since Indian missions in Afghanistan are closed, visas can be applied online and applications will be scrutinized and processed in New Delhi. 

He said that the visa will be valid for six months initially. Officials said security issues would be taken care of while processing applications and granting visas to Afghan nationals.

All Afghans, regardless of their religion, can apply for a travel document. Thousands of Afghans arrived at Kabul's main airport on Monday, some so desperate to escape the Taliban that they captured a military jet and fell to their deaths. At least seven people died in the chaos, US officials said, as America's longest war ended with its enemy victorious.

The rush came as the Taliban imposed their rule on the capital of five million people following a nationwide power surge that took just a week to dethrone the country's Western-backed government.

There were no major reports of abuse or fighting, but many residents stayed home and feared as the rebels advanced and evacuated prisons and looted armory.


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