Great news for tourists who want to spend more time in India! On November 23, 2012, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that most people holding a Tourist Visa can now come in and out of India without having to wait 60 days between visits.
The MHA introduced the 60-day gap between consecutive visits to India to enhance border control of tourists going in and out of India, particularly overland travel into Nepal and Bangladesh, where travelers would depart and re-enter India on the same day. But someone finally realized that this was having a detrimental effect on tourism, and wasn’t really helping anything else.
According to the Home Ministry, “the government has reviewed the provision relating to two months gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a tourist visa…it has been decided to lift the restriction of two month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India except in the case of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and Stateless persons.”
It’s about time! Now, if only they would make a retirement visa for those of us who’d like to eventually just stay without ever having to leave. . . .