India announces Afghan friendly visa policy

KABUL: The Indian Embassy in Kabul has announced that it has made visa policy for Afghans wanting to visit India a lot easier. 

Continuing in its centuries old historical and true tradition of friendship with Afghanistan, India proves yet again that India is a friend of Afghanistan in difficult times.

The new visa policy for Afghanistan is geared towards strengthening people-to-people, business-to-business and government-to-government relations.

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According to a statement issued by the Indian Embassy, the new visa regime will take effect from 1st of February.

The duration of visit visa has been increased to 1 year with the permission of 90 days continuous stay from 30 days previously.

The increase in visit visa duration will have the most significant impact on families who visit India for medical purposes, allowing them to stay for longer for follow-up appointments with doctors.

Afghan businessmen will be issued visas for the duration of 1 to 5 years depending on the size and engagement of the business in India.

India is the fifth largest bilateral donor in Afghanistan, has been a key supporter of Kabul’s government and has poured more than $2 billion into the country since the Taliban was toppled in 2001.

The recent AfghanIndia Friendship Dam in Herat province, which borders Iran, was built with Indian aid at a cost of $300 million.

India also hosts and mentors Afghanistan’s cricket team in India.