Short term yoga programmes now allowed under Indian tourist visa

New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) Realising the spread and importance of yoga world over, the Indian government has decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” in the list of permissible activities under the tourist and e-tourist visas, an official statement said on Thursday.

A Union Home Ministry release also said it has been decided to include “attending a short term yoga programme” and “short duration medical treatment under Indian systems of medicine” in the list of permissible activities under e-Tourist Visa.

At present, a tourist visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing and casual visit to meet friends or relatives.

Similarly, e-Tourist Visa is granted to a foreigner whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, a short duration medical treatment or casual business visit.

All Indian Missions abroad and Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs)/ Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in the country have been accordingly requested to take action as per the new norms, the release said.

–IANS

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