What is Exemption from Visa Requirements for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passport?

Model Agreement on exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passport means holders of the aforementioned passports can avail the facilities of visa free entry, transit and stay up to 90 days (or less) in a time span of 180 days (or more) in the territory of India or signatory country. The approval was given by the Union Cabinet in the year 2015.

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With How Many Countries Does India have an Operational Visa Exemption Agreement for Holders of Diplomatic, Official/Service Passports?

As of March 2020, India has an operational visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic, official/service passports with 76 countries. Of these around 10 are European countries, around 30 are Asian countries and the remaining are spread across Africa and South America.

With How Many Countries Does India have an Operational Visa Exemption Agreement for Holders of Diplomatic Passports only?

As of March 2020, India has an operational visa exemption agreement for holders of diplomatic passports only with 31 countries. Of these around 20 are European countries, rest are spread across Africa, Asia and Central America.

What is the difference between Ordinary Passport, Diplomatic Passport and Official Passport?

Ordinary Passport is the one held by an ordinary citizen, issued by any country for crossing international borders. Diplomatic passports are used by diplomats of a nation and official passport or service passport is a type of passport that is issued to government employees. It is to let the destination country know that the bearer is entering the country on an official business, representing their country in official capacity.

 

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