Saturday, July 22, 2017

19 UK students and staff deported at Chennai airport due to visa rules

Chennai: Sixteen students and three staff from the UK on a charity trip to tsunami-affected areas in Tamil Nadu were refused entry at Chennai airport by immigration staff pointing out the latest changes in visa rules by the Centre. Poynton High School head teacher David Waugh left the airport saddened on Tuesday morning after he was told that the passengers who enter India on tourist visa couldn’t do the work of a non-government organisation.

The students, mostly in their teens, had to wait for more than 10 hours before they could board a return flight. The immigration officials questioned the teacher, who accompanied the children, for hours. The teacher explained that this is the third time that the school was visiting Chennai in partnership with India Direct, an NGO based in the UK.

When immigration officials in Chennai contacted their seniors in Delhi, the officials asked their counterparts to just follow the latest visa rules and deport the passengers back to the UK in the next available flight. After being stranded for hours, UK students left Chennai through British Airways.
22/07/17 PA Jebraj/Deccan Chronicle