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A foreigner is a person born in or coming from a foreign country. The entry of foreigners’ stay, movements and departure is regulated by the Acts passed by the Indian Parliament and rules framed there under by the Central Government from time to time.

The Passports (Entry into India) Act, 1967
An Act which empowers the Central Government to require foreigners to possess valid passports to enter into India, and to prohibit entry of those who do not possess a valid passport issued to them.

The Foreigners Act, 1946 (as amended from time to time)
Provides power to the Central Government with respect to entry of foreigners into India, and their presence and departure from India.


The Citizenship Act, 1955 (as amended from time to time)

An Act to provide for the acquisition and termination of Indian citizenship.

The Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act, 2000

An Act to make the carriers liable in respect of passengers brought by them into India in contravention of the provisions of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920.

The Illegal Migrants (Determination By Tribunals) Act, 1983

An Act to provide for the establishment of Tribunals for the determination, in a fair manner, of the question whether a person is an illegal migrant to enable the Central Government to expel illegal migrants from India and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Visa Formalities

All foreigners desirous of visiting India should have a valid passport, all accredited travel documents and valid visa granted by Indian Mission in the country of their residence except Nepalese or Bhutanese citizens who should possess suitable documents for their identification. Foreigners should enter India through authorised check post or airport only. They are subject to immigration check at the airport or check post. All foreigners who enter India or depart from India either by air or sea shall furnish a true statement of particulars setting it out in form 'D' embarkation card.

The civil authority has powers to impose restrictions on the movement of any foreigner in India. The authority can also refuse a foreigner entry into India if he/she does not posses a valid passport, or is insane or is suffering from any infectious disease or has been convicted for an extradition offence or if his/her entry is prejudicial to the interest of the country.

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