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India urges foreign nations to ease travel restrictions for Indians

The Government of India is in talks with foreign governments to ease travel restrictions for Indians in view of the country’s progress in the coronavirus situation. The government’s intervention is aimed at reviving the economy and assisting Indian students studying at foreign universities.

“With the improvement in the COVID situation in India, we have been taking up with foreign countries the issue of easing travel restrictions for Indians. We believe that this is an important element towards economic recovery,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that there have been some positive developments in this regard, and it is hoped that more nations would ease restrictions on Indians.

Many Indian students are studying in Ireland, China, Italy, and other countries, and many more are intending to fly overseas for their higher education. All of them have been stuck in India as a result of travel restrictions imposed by countries around the world in response to devastating Delta variant fears.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said the government is actively working with the respective governments to ease travel restrictions for Indian students enrolled in foreign universities.

“The issue of travel restrictions has been taken up at the ministerial level with several countries. Consequently, travel restrictions are being eased for Indian students to travel to many countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Georgia, etc,”  Mr Muraleedharan said.

Minister Muraleedharan added that more countries are expected to open up as India’s coronavirus situation improves.

The External Affairs Minister also mentioned the government’s ongoing development of a ‘Global Indian Students Portal (GISP)’ for Indian students who want to go abroad for study. The portal will provide prospective students with information about courses, foreign universities, nodal officers, and accreditation requirements, allowing them to make informed decisions.

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