Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs

MHA relaxes visa and travel restrictions imposed in response to COVID -19

New Delhi, May 22, 2020

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today announced relaxation in visa and travel restrictions imposed in response to COVID -19, permitting certain categories of Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) cardholders, who are stranded abroad, to come to India.

Following categories of OCI Cardholders, stranded abroad,have been permitted to come to India:

--Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards

--OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like a death in the family.

--Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India.

--University students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India.

The travel restrictions, imposed earlier by MHA on May 7, would not apply to any aircraft, ship, train or any other vehicle deployed for bringing back the above-mentioned categories of OCI cardholders who are stranded abroad. All other terms and conditions laid down by MHA would continue to remain in effect.


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