On August 17, Tuesday, India announced that it will issue an emergency e-visa to the nationals for Afghan who want to come to the country keeping the current situation there in mind after the Taliban have gotten in power there. This announcement came two days after the Taliban took over the country.
All the people, irrespective of their religious background, are allowed to apply for this emergency e-visa online and the processing of it will be done in the national capital, New Delhi.
“The MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’ introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Since the Indian missions are shut in Afghanistan, officials said that online application of visa will remain functional, and the processing of the same will take place in New Delhi. The visa will initially be valid for 6 months, they added.
Kabul’s main airport was rushed by thousands of people on August 16. Some of those were so desperate to escape that they tried holding on to the military jet as it was taking off and plunged to their death.
All this happened after the Taliban took over the country and enforced their rules over the capital. Although there have not been any reports of abused, residents have been inside their houses and been fearful about the emptied prisons and looted armories.