On November 23, 2012, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that the gap requirement would be eliminated for virtually all tourist visa holders. Nationals of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh, and foreign nationals of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin and “stateless persons” will continue to come under the 60-day gap rule, but anybody else with a tourist visa is free to go in and out of India as they please, and do not have to wait 60 days between visits.
The MHA introduced the 60-day gap between consecutive visits to India to enhance border control of tourists going in and out of India, particularly overland travel into common-border countries where travelers would depart and re-enter India on the same day. While this was effective in terms of controlling the border, the rule also had a negative impact on tourism. The MHA lifted the rule once it was determined that the rule was adversely impacting hotels, tours, and attractions throughout India.
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