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India liberalises visa policy for Afghan nationals

KABUL: India has further liberalised its visa policy for Afghan nationals making it easier for them to visit the country with the objective of enhancing people and trade ties.

Now Afghans can get a tourist visa valid for one year with a continuous stay option of 90 days per visit as compared to a continuous stay of up to 30 days now. They will still have to comply with the provision for keeping a gap of 60 days between two visits on a tourist visa, the statement said.

India also sought to make it easier for Afghan businessmen to visit India to promote and encourage them to visit India and to further enhance Indo-Afghan trade ties. Starting now, Afghan businessmen investing in India or having a large trade turnover with India, would be issued Indian visas for a duration of 1 to 5 years, with continuous stay of up to 180 days during each such business visit.

This will also depend on the volume of their investment and trade with India. They will have to produce relevant business documents while availing the visa as well, the statement said.

“Embassy of India, Kabul is confident that these changes in the visas regime would further strengthen the historic people-to-people and business ties between our two countries,” it added.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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