NEW DELHI: The central government on Wednesday cancelled all previously issued visas to Afghan nationals who are presently not in the country. According to the reports Afghans are asked to travel to India only on an electronic visa (e-Visa).
However, the decision has been taken based on reports that several of those issued physical visas before the Indian Mission closed down in the country have misplaced their passports.
On Wednesday 25th the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed, “Owing to the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and streamlining of the visa process by introduction of the e-Emergency X-Misc visa, it has been decided that all Afghan nationals henceforth must travel to India only on e-Visa.”
Further, it added, “Keeping in view some reports that certain passports of Afghan nationals have been misplaced, previously issued visas to all Afghan nationals, who are presently not in India, stand invalidated with immediate effect. Afghan nationals wishing to travel to India may apply for e-Visa at http://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in,.”
According to the reports people who have misplaced their passports needs to apply for a new passport in Kabul or elsewhere and then apply for an e-Visa.
Reportedly, those who were holding an Indian visa but could not travel to India will also have to re-apply for an e-Visa.
Although, the decision was made after the Taliban made the announcement of giving no further extension to the deadline of August 31 for American forces to leave Kabul even as they urged the US not to evacuate Afghans.
As per the reports, the Kabul airport is currently secured by American forces .
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