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INDIA – Exit Clearance Requirement Now Extended to All Indian Nationals [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] Citing technical difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a public notice suspending the below-described registration requirement until further notice. Non-ECR (Emigration clearance Required) Indian nationals travelling to one of the 18 notified countries listed below may still voluntarily register with the eMigrate portal before the technical problems are solved and the requirement is re-applied.

Effective immediately, all Indian nationals travelling to any of 18 “notified” countries for employment purposes are advised to register with the eMigrate portal of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at least 24 hours prior to departure.

The notified countries are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

According to an advisory issued by the MEA, this new requirement will be strictly enforced from 1 January 2019, from which date unregistered Indian nationals travelling from India to the notified countries with employment visas will not be allowed to depart.

Previously, the requirement to register with MEA was limited to Indian nationals with Emigration Clearance required (ECR) stamped in their passports.

Action Items

  • Indian nationals travelling to one of the 18 notified countries for employment must ensure they register with the eMigrate portal at least 24 hours prior to departure.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by IKAN Relocations, Sesam Business Consultants and LawQuest.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.