In a landmark decision, post efforts by India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB), the Ministry of Home Affairs will shortly launch an online module for submission of applications by the organisers of international conferences for seeking clearance from the Ministry. The clearance will be generated through the online system and sent to organisers. A copy of the clearance will also be endorsed to all Indian Missions/Posts.
Commenting on the same, Chander Mansharamani, Vice Chairman, ICPB, said, “It’s a great news for all of us in the convention industry. We have been persistently following up with the Ministry of Tourism on the need for grant of conference visa. We are sure this will help us to bring in more number of international conferences to India in the future.” Ministry of Tourism has informed that revised instructions have been issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide circular number No 25022/8/2018-FCC, dated February 28, 2018, relating to the grant of Conference Visa to foreign nationals coming to India to attend international conferences/seminars/workshops.
It states that as per para 13.5 of Chapter 13 of the new Visa Manual pertaining to the Conference Visa. Prior clearance of the Ministry of Home Affairs for holding an event (international conference/ seminar/ workshop) is required only if the event falls within the following parameters as mentioned in para 13 3 of the Visa Manual –
(a) If there are participants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons; and
(b) If the participant of conferences /seminars /workshops are required to visit ‘Restricted’ or ‘Protected’ areas in India. or areas affected b y terror ism, militancy and extremism etc. viz. Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern Sates (other than the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland).