Home Ministry of India has lifted two-months gap for tourist visas

Goa, December 6, 2012 

IGSG is pleased to announce that the Home Ministry of India has lifted the two-months gap for tourist visas.

We are very happy about this decision as we were concerned about the matter and, as you might know, we had sent a Petition to the Home Ministry and other Indian Ministries on 7 December 2011 to ease the two-months gap. See Petition

We had also sent a copy to the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin. They answered us on 31 July 2012 that the matter regarding visa rules is of the sole responsibility of the issuing country. Nevertheless the German Ministry contacted the Indian Embassy in Berlin. See Answer of German Foreign Ministry

Here is the press release of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs:

 

 

Ministry of Home Affairs 04-December, 2012 15:13 IST

 

Revised Guidelines on Tourist Visa

 

The Govt. has reviewed the provision relating to two months gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a Tourist Visa.

It has been decided to lift the restriction of two month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India except in case of nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, foreigners of Pakistan and Bangladesh origins and Stateless persons.

 

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KSD/Samir

(Release ID :89835)

 

 

Revised guidelines: valid also for old visas

The Revised Guidelines on Tourist Visa are equally valid for visas which still contain the old restriction of the two months gap.

See information on the website of the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs:
http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/sid_5B288CB44804A1FF2E1AD29B9AD9A853/DE/Laenderinformationen/00-SiHi/IndienSicherheit.html?nn=346896#doc346804bodyText3

 

Letter of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to IGSG

after having received a copy of the IGSG Petition regarding visa facilitation

 

(The petition, which was promoted by IGSG, can be seen here)

 

The letter informs that the matter regarding visa facilitation is sole responsibility of the issueing country. In spite of this the German Ministry contacted the The Indian Embassy in Berlin. The embassy informed that a change in this visa rule (two months' gap) is not foreseen, but that under special circumstances the two months' gap can be surpassed.
 

 

 

 

Petition

Petition to the Government of India regarding Visa facilitation for European Citizens

IGSG - Indo German Friendship Society, Goa

President Dr. Aurobindo Xavier H.N. 68 –A -1

Sodovin - Verna - Salcete Goa 403722

www.igsg.org info@igsg.org

 

PETITION

December 7, 2011

 

To the Distinguished

 

Minister for Home Affairs

Shri Palaniappam Chidambaram

Ministry for Home Affairs, North Block Central Secretariat

New Delhi - 110 001

 

Minister for External Affairs Shri S.M. Krishna,

Office of the Spokesperson Mr. Vishnu Prakash

Room No - 152, A-Wing, Shastri Bhavan

New Delhi 110 001

 

Minister of Tourism Shri Subodh Kant Sabai

Room No 2, C-1 Hutmonts Dalhousie Road,

New Delhi - 110 001

 

 

Your Honour,

 

This is to inform you that the Indo-German Friendship Society Goa was established in Goa nearly five years ago. You may find the activities conducted so far and the program for this year on the web site of our Society: www.igsg.org.

During this year’s Cultural Week, 6 - 11 December, we would like to address the problems faced by foreigners in regard to Visa regulations, especially the problem of the so called "gap of two months" and those of retired people who wish to spend the majority of their time in Goa or elsewhere in India. Many countries in South-East Asia have created special regulations for this group of retired foreigners. We have a firm conviction that a favourable situation can be created to both sides by attract ing retired people with a good income to spend their retirement and a great deal of their money in India, specially in Goa, and by giving this group of people a special support in obtaining the Visa.

Countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines have created Visa for people above a certain age, varying from 55 to 60 years, in case these persons can produce an income proof to the respective Embassy of their country of origin and a valid health insurance. Persons holding this kind of Visa are not eligible for employment.

The conditions differ a little from country to country, but generally the above criteria are followed. People who obtain these special Visas are generally entitled to stay up to one year and – most importantly - they can travel freely in and out of these countries, without any hindrance of e.g. a gap of two months for re-entry. Sometimes, these special Visas are long-term Visas.

Given the preferable climate of Goa during the European winter, most Europeans who are retired want to stay in Goa for 5 to 6 months. For the rest of the year they may wish to live in the Indian mountain cities, for the pleasant climate prevailing there. But what hinders them extremely to make plans for a longer stay is the rule that, having once left the country one can only return to India after a two months’ gap. So, in case a family or a property problem occurs in their home country they may have to go home for a short while, but will be obliged to stay outside India for the long period of two months.

Besides this there is an emotional side of the problem: many longtime friends of Goa who have been coming regularly for many years (some of them even with five-year Visas) do feel hurt by the actual regulation.

We kindly ask you through this petition to reconsider the Indian Visa rules regarding the elimination of the two months' gap for re-entry, and to give to the special group of retired people with a secured income and good health insurance long-term Visas for their stay in India. And we kindly ask you to advise the Indian offices abroad to help these people in obtaining Visas via internet.

In addition to the signatories to this letter, it is also floated on the web for obtaining the signatures of all interested persons, in solidarity of our request.

 

Yours sincerely

Dr. Aurobindo Xavier

President of IGSG Indo German Friendship Society, Goa

 

Dr. Ursula Kleinhans

Retired, former Head of Section for Research, Ministry for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, Germany

 

Heinz Rothmund

Switzerland

Daniela Kailuweit

Germany

 

Patricia Longo

Italy

 

Copies to:

Chief Minister Shri Digambar Kamat

Goa

 

Minister for Home & Cooperation Shri Ravi Naik

Goa

 

Minister for Tourism & Housing Shri Nilkanth Harlankar

Goa

 

Deutsche Botschaft Neu Delhi

Geschäftsträger Herrn Cord Meier-Klodt

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

 

Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Herrn Dr. Leopold-Theodor Heldman

German Consulate General Mumbai

 

Deutsches Honorarkonsulat Goa

Ms. Cecilia Menezes Honorary

Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

 

Please find previous signatures at the end

If you support this petition please sign below. Only your name, nationality and comments/suggestions will be published online.

 

See signatures

 

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