India announces liberal visa policy for Afghanistan

NEW DELHI:  The newly elected government of Narendra Modi in India announced a new liberal visa policy for Afghan nationals on Monday.

The new policy will allow Afghan nationals to stay up to two years on humanitarian grounds and exemption from police reporting for senior citizens and children.

According to a home ministry statement, the new policy will be implemented from July 1.

The new policy entitles Afghan nationals to stay in India on stay visa/resident permit doe up to two years at a time. Exemption from police reporting will be granted for Afghans below 12 years of age or above 65 years.

The policy will also have liberal provisions in relation to exemption from the requirement of police registration under various categories, including for Afghan students, medical patients, short-term visitors, businessmen, scholars, eminent persons and others.

The statement also said that the amenities at the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Delhi have been upgraded for Afghan nationals.