The Union Home Ministry had on August 17 announced a replacement category of visa to fast-track the applications of Afghans who want to return to India.
The Indian government considering the prevailing situation in Afghanistan selected August 25 that each one Afghan nationals must visit India only on e-Visa. It also invalidates previously issued visas to all or any Afghan nationals, who are presently not in India.
“Due to the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and streamlining of the visa process by introduction of the e-Emergency X-Misc visa, it’s been decided that each one Afghan nationals henceforth must visit India only on e-Visa,” the Ministry of Home Affairs announced.
They further said that previously issued visas to all or any Afghan nationals, who are presently not in India, stand invalidated with immediate effect. “Afghan nationals wishing to visit India may apply for e-Visa at www.indianvisaonline.gov.in,” the statement given by MHA.
In the previous couple of days, India stepped up its efforts to evacuate Indians and its Afghan partners from Kabul amid increasing hostilities by the Taliban.
On August 24, India brought back 78 people, including 25 of its nationals and number of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus from Dushanbe, each day after they were evacuated from Kabul to a Tajik city.