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India remains out of bounds for Chinese tourists for now

New Delhi: India will remain out of bounds for Chinese tourists for now. The International Air Transport Association (IATA, a global body representing 290 airlines) has informed members that Indian "tourist visas issued to nationals of China are no longer valid."
Confirming the development, top government officials said India has not "resumed" tourist or e-tourist visas for China. They recalled that the Chinese have since November 2020 kept suspended all types of visas for Indian nationals, except diplomatic and official.
The officials said India is still giving business, employment, diplomatic, and official visas to Chinese nationals. India's decision to keep Chinese tourists out also comes in the wake of Chinese reluctance to allow Indian students, more than 20,000 of them, to return to China after leaving that country because of Covid. They have been kept waiting even as Beijing allows students from Thailand, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to return. External affairs minister S  Jaishankar had taken up the issue with his counterpart Wang Yi during the latter's visit to India last month but Beijing is yet to respond.
UK and Canada are among the countries whose citizens can't fly to India on e-tourist visas but can come on regular paper visas issued by Indian missions in those countries. And Indian tourist visas with a validity of 10 years are no longer valid except for those issued to nationals of Japan and the US.
IATA issues these updates regularly so that airlines know which nationalities are allowed to be flown to which countries. The latest India specific IATA update, issued April 19, is about the countries whose nationals cannot travel to  India on e-tourist visas, India had late last month restored the electronic tourist visa facility for 156 countries, in time for the resumption of scheduled international flights from March 27 this year after a gap of over two years.
The April 19 IATA update issued by India says the following are allowed to enter the country: nationals of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal; those with a residence permit issued by India; those with a visa or e-visa issued by India; those with an overseas citizen of India (OCI)  card or booklet; those having a PIO card; and diplomatic passport holders.

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