June 14: As India’s travel is disturbed with various countries, the country has recently asked China for permission over allowing Indian citizens to travel to the country. As India was undergoing a deadlier Covid-19 second wave the travel had been halted between the 2 countries.
However now, with the country witnessing a lower rate of infections in recent times, the country wishes to re-establish travel connections with foreign countries. As of now, India has allowed Chinese nationals and wants China to accept Indian citizens to travel to China.
The Ministry of External Affairs in India is continuously in touch with the Chinese government as the request is made specifically for those who are working or studying in China.
Earlier in March 2021, the Chinese Embassy had earlier issued a notification saying that the said visas would be facilitated to those who are taking ‘Chinese-made’ vaccines.
Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson, MEA, said in a statement during a media briefing, “While we recognize the need to ensure safety and strictly follow Covid- related protocols, essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view the fact that Chinese nationals are able to travel to India.” According to Bagchi, China has suspended existing visas since last November.
Bagchi said, “It is understood that several Indian nationals have applied for Chinese visas after getting vaccinated in that manner but are yet to be issued visas. Since these Indian nationals have apparently met the requirements laid down by the Chinese side, we hope that the Chinese embassy would be able to issue them visas soon.”