As coronavirus cases continue to decline across the country, the central government is looking at re-introducing tourist visas very soon to boost the economy. This has been confirmed in the report quoting sources related to the matter.

A senior home ministry official confirmed that things have been formalized and a meeting has been called in the home ministry, which will be chaired by the home secretary on Thursday, to discuss the plan to resume tourist visas.

This will be done in a phased manner and will be open to all as per the feasibility, the official said. The Indian government is probably going to allow only vaccinated people to apply for tourist visas.

Tourist visas have been suspended since March 2020, the day before the lockdown was announced.

Later, several categories of visas such as business, employment and others were exempted but tourist visas remained suspended. Many Gulf countries have reintroduced tourist visas.

Before the suspension of tourist visas, around 7-8 lakh tourists used to visit India every month. India on Wednesday recorded 27,176 new Covid-19 cases and 284 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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