NEW DELHI: Foreign journalists holding a J-I visa will be allowed to enter India along with their dependents, as per an order issued by the home ministry in furtherance of relaxation of visa and travel restrictions imposed almost five months ago in view of Covid-19 outbreak.
The 'journalist' or 'J-I' visas of members of the foreign media working in India were suspended in March in view of Covid-19, disabling their re-entry into India. The same restrictions applied to their dependents living in India on J-IX visa.
After almost five months of these restrictions, the home ministry has decided to review the same and permit foreign nationals who are holding 'J-I' visa and their dependents holding J-IX visa to enter India.
"If they have J-I or J-IX visas, which have been suspended, such visas shall stand restored with immediate effect to facilitate their entry into India. However, if the validity of such visas has expired, they may obtain a fresh J-I or J-IX visa, as the case may be, from the Indian Missions/Posts concemed," stated the home ministry order dated August 17.
This will be in addition to the categories of foreign nationals who are permitted to enRead More – Source