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Coronavirus: India relaxes travel curbs on OCI cardholders stranded abroad

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi Filed on May 22, 2020
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The travel restrictions would not apply to the specific categories of OCI cardholders.

The Indian government has allowed limited category of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders stranded abroad to return to home.

The Foreigners Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday relaxed visa and travel restrictions imposed in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

According to an official document, the categories allowed by the ministry are minors born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards, those who wish to return to India on account of family emergencies like death in the family, couples where one spouse is a cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India and university students who are cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India.

The travel restrictions, imposed by the ministry on May 7, would not apply to any aircraft, ship, train or any other transportation deployed for bringing back the specific categories of OCI cardholders stranded abroad.

Ashwani Kumar

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