Indian government says no to journalistic activities on tourist visa

indian_visaNew Delhi: Indian government on Wednesday said it will not allow any journalistic actvity on tourist visas. A Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson on Wednesday said that people from some countries have been found misusing tourist visas which may invite action against the violaters.

“Ministry of Home Affairs has noticed that foreigners coming on tourist visa are involved in coverage of events and journalistic activities. In this context, it is stated that Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa for such activities by the foreigners,” the spokesperson said.

MHA spokesperson said that Tourist Visa is issued to foreigners who do not have residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc. No other activity is permissible on Tourist Visa.

“MHA has requested Ministry of External Affairs to convey the above to all Indian Missions/Posts abroad. All State Governments and concerned authorities in the country have also been requested to ensure strict compliance,” the spokesperson said.

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