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Afghanistan crisis: India announces new e-visa for applications from Afghan nationals

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New Delhi: In wake of the severe crisis in Afghanistan that aggravated after the fall of Kabul, India has announced its intention to fast-track applications for visas

The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India announced a new category of electronic visas to allow entry for Afghans into India. The announcement comes two days after Kabul, the last standing major city, fell to the Taliban.

“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,” the ministry’s spokesperson tweeted.

Chaotic scenes from the Kabul airport, where thousands of people trying to flee the country had gathered, inundated social media on Monday. Some of them were seen climbing on to a military jet and falling off to their death. The Kabul airport is now the only way out of the country.

The rush to exit stems from memories of the atrocities during the Taliban regime earlier.

 

Indian Embassy staff evacuated

The staff working at the Indian Embassy in Kabul was evacuated and brought back to India amid the increasing crisis.

Over 120 Indian officials were brought back from Afghanistan.

“In view of the prevailing circumstances, it has been decided that our ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately (sic),” Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson, Ministry Of External Affairs, had tweeted.

 

 

 

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