India asks foreign tourists to avoid any journalistic activity

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Delhi's iconic India Gate
New Delhi: Indian government today asked foreign nationals visiting the country on tourist visa to avoid any involvement in journalistic activities.

In a written statement issued to the press, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, “The ministry has noticed that foreigners coming on tourist visa are involved in coverage of events/journalistic activities. Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa for such activities by the foreigners. It is issued to foreigners who do not have residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc.”

“No other activity is permissible on Tourist Visa,” the statement further read.

MHA has requested Ministry of External Affairs to convey the above to all Indian Missions/Posts abroad. 

All state governments and concerned authorities in the country have also been requested to ensure strict compliance.
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