Foreign tourists are not allowed to work as journalists, govt says

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 18:55 hrs

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday put a ban on journalistic activities by foreign tourists in India.

"Ministry of Home Affairs has noticed that foreigners coming on tourist visa are involved in coverage of events/journalistic activities. In this context, it is stated that Tourist Visa is not the appropriate visa for such activities by the foreigners," said the ministry in a statement.

"Tourist Visa is issued to foreigners who do not have residence or occupation in India and whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives etc. No other activity is permissible on Tourist Visa," the MHA said.

"MHA has requested Ministry of External Affairs to convey the above to all Indian Missions/Posts abroad. All State Governments and concerned authorities in the country have also been requested to ensure strict compliance," it said.

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