Monday, June 13, 2011

Indo-Pak relaxed visa regime likely from September

India and Pakistan are likely to have a relaxed visa regime for journalists, businessmen and senior citizens of both the countries from September 2011.
The two countries are almost agreed for amendments in the existing visa agreement at the Joint Working Group meetings for finalisation of a pact at the next Home Secretary-level talks expected to be held in September.

India has proposed relaxed norms for issuance of visas to journalists, businessmen, senior citizens and patients travelling for medical treatment. “Under the proposal, these visas will not be city specific and visa holders will be allowed to travel across the country,: an indian official said. India has proposed that anyone travelling to India with a valid visa who wants to travel again within a span of two years should be exempted from the time-consuming security background checks process which is done from here.