News & Notes 729:Information to the community on tourist visa

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23 December 2017


Information to the community on tourist visa


The following information has been issued by the Indian Government on permissible activities by tourist visa holders.

Activities permitted under Tourist Visa and e-Tourist Visa:

  1. Tourist Visa: It has been decided by the Government to include “attending a short term yoga programme” in the list of permissible activities under Tourist Visa. Accordingly, the Tourist Visa can be granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short term yoga programme etc. and no other purpose/ activity.
  2. E-Tourist Visa: It has been decided by the Government to include “attending a short term yoga programme” and “short duration medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine” in the list of permissible activities under e-Tourist Visa. Accordingly, e-Tourist Visa can be granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, short duration medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine or casual business visit etc. and no other purpose/ activity.”

In accordance with this information, tourist visa holders cannot give and/or attend conferences or workshops. For this purpose, a conference or business visa is required.

There is no explicit mention of attending or giving incidental talks or a concert and we understand falls under the category of 'recreational activities.'


The Working Committee