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Relaxation in 60-day Visa rule

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NEW DELHI: Visa rules regarding the 60-day cooling-off period for tourists have been ‘slightly’ relaxed, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Thursday.

He said that a foreigner who used India as a base to visit neighbouring countries could avail himself of three re-entries within 60 days if he had the sufficient itinerary.

Under the tightened visa rules , after the tourist visits India and leaves the country, there has to be a break of 60 days before he/she can apply for another tourist visa.

“The overwhelming majority of tourists who visit India for a few weeks would face no difficulty whatsoever. There is a very small number of tourists who use India as a hub and visit neighbouring countries. In such cases, if the itinerary shows visits to India and other countries as part of the same trip, we have allowed the Visa issuing authorities to permit up to three entries into India,” the Minister said.

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