Govt in no mood to change new tourist visa rules

Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 16:31

New Delhi: Unfazed by reservations from
nations like the US and UK, the Government appears to be in no
mood to relent on the new visa rules for tourists, saying it
would not like to compromise with the country`s security
interests.

Citing the changes made by several countries like America
and Britain after terror strikes, senior officials argue that
it should be left to the Home Ministry to chalk out the plans
for securing the nation.

They maintained that the government has not received any
complaint from any country, including the US or the UK, after
the new visa rules were implemented, but clarifications have
been sought by Washington and they have been addressed.

"When some foreign missions based in India sought
clarity, we told them that if someone has to worry about
tourists` arrival, it is India which has to worry and not any
other nation," they said on the condition of anonymity.

As per the new visa rules, no tourist, having a travel
document valid for 180 days, would be allowed to return to the
country before a cooling-off period of two months.
The new visa guidelines have been formulated after
considering all relevant aspects and giving the security of
the nation the top most priority, the officials said.
The comments also come a day after Minister of State for
External Affairs Shashi Tharoor questioned the tightening of
visa rules against the backdrop of the David Headley case and
wryly said "26/11 killers had no visas."

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 16:31
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