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India excludes e-visa facilities for China, Hong-Kong, Macau, the UK and Canada

India has now excluded Hong Kong, China, Macau, UK citizens availing e-visa facility for travelling to the country as the country approached reciprocity regarding lack of mutual travel recognition between these countries.

Starting November 15, India has allowed entry of foreign visitors for tourism purposes and as per the reports,  tourists from the United Kingdom, Canada, Malaysia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia have been excluded due to lack of reciprocity.

Referring to this, the officials have mentioned that citizens of Vietnam, Taiwan, the US, Singapore and other 152 countries will, however, have access to e-visa facilities to enter India. 

As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), regular tourist visas and existing e-visa issued on or before October 6 will also be suspended. Reportedly, fresh visas for single entry with a validity of 30 days can be utilised within 120 days of issuance.

Before covid-19 had stuck India, the country had granted e-visa facility for a record of 171 countries which included the countries such as The US, UK, Canada and China as well. However, due to tensions rising in the border region, the e-visa facility for China was affected. 

Moreover, standoff regarding vaccine status with the UK and mandatory quarantine for Indian Travellers made India follow similar rules and regulations for British Travellers visiting India. The Canada suspension remains in place because the Canadian government continues to restrict Indian travellers. 

Since the US has reopened for tourism which includes India from November, the e-visa facility for US citizens is still in place. The US has allowed Indian travellers to enter without any quarantine, and even recognised WHO-approved vaccines, including Covishield and Covaxin.

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