New Delhi: The Indian government on Wednesday announced that owing to the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and in order to streamline the visa process, all Afghan nationals must henceforth travel to Indian only on e-Visa.
The Centre, taking cognizance of the turmoil in Afghanistan after Taliban took over the country on Aug 15, had introduced an e-Emergency X-Misc visa, with an aim to fast-track visa applications for entry into India on August 17.
There have been some reports that certain passports of the Afghan evacuees have been misplaced, the previously issued visas to all Afghan nationals who are currently not present in India, stand invalidate with immediate effect, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced in his release on Wednesday.
Any Afghan national who wishes to travel to India can apply for e-Visa at the official website: www.indianvisaonline.gov.in
All Afghans, irrespective of their religion, can apply for the ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’ online and the applications will be processed in New Delhi.
The announcement came two days after the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan.
“The MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’ introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India,” a Home Ministry spokesperson then said in a statement.
Officials said since Indian missions in Afghanistan are shut, the visa can be applied online and applications will be examined and processed in New Delhi.
The visa will initially be valid for six months, they said. Security issues will be looked into while processing the applications and granting the visa to Afghan nationals, the officials then said.
All Afghans, irrespective of their religion, can apply for the travel document.
Thousands of Afghans have been rushing out of the country after the Taliban enforced their rule over the capital of five million people following a lightning advance across the country that took just over a week to dethrone the country’s Western-backed government.
(With inputs from ANI)