India has revoked all visas issued to Chinese nationals by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). However, top government officials confirmed the development, adding that Indian officials continued to grant Chinese visas for business, employment, diplomatic missions, and official visits.
The decision to exclude Chinese visitors apparently stems from China‘s unwillingness to permit over 20,000 Indian students to go back to China after fleeing the country because of the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020.
India has raised the situation of approximately 22,000 Indian students enrolled in Chinese colleges who cannot return for physical lessons with China. But, China has thus far denied them access.
Tourist visas granted to residents of China are no longer valid, the IATA stated in a circular released on April 20.
Specifically, the United States Government said this information is applicable to travelers with the following permits: Residents of India with residency permits, travelers with Indian visas or electronic visas, travelers with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards, travelers with a People of Indian Origin card, and citizens of the United States with diplomatic passports. The IATA, whose 290 members account for more than 80% of worldwide aviation travel, also stated that tourist passports valid for ten years were no longer valid.
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