GRANT OF CONSULAR SERVICES, EXTENDED SUSPENSION OF EXISTING VISAS
April 18, 2020
Union Ministry for Home
Affairs (MHA), on 28.03.2020, had granted consular services on gratis
basis to foreign nationals, presently residing in India due to travel
restrictions in the context of COVID-19 outbreak, till 30th April, 2020.
After considering the matter,
it has been decided to extend the period of providing the following
consular services by the Office of Foreigners Regional Registration
Officers/ Foreigners Registration Officers to foreign nationals, presently
stranded in India.
In the wake of continuing
COVID-19 outbreak in the country, Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA)
has decided to extend the suspension of all existing visas granted to
foreigners, except to those belonging to diplomatic, official,
UN/international organizations, employment and project categories, till
3rd May, 2020.
Consular assistance is help
and advice provided by the diplomatic agents of a country to citizens of
that country who are living or traveling overseas.
The diplomats may be honorary
consuls, or members of the country’s diplomatic service.
Diplomatic service is the
body of diplomats and foreign policy officers maintained by the government
of a country to communicate with the governments of other countries.
Diplomatic personnel obtains
diplomatic immunity when they are accredited to other countries.
Diplomatic services are often
part of the larger civil service and sometimes a constituent part of the