New Delhi, Dec 31: All airlines have been instructed not to check-in any passenger who has a Chinese visa stapled on their passport, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement.
According to official sources, "The instruction asks all airlines to ensure that they do not check-in any passenger with stapled Chinese visa on their passports."
The DGCA instruction comes weeks after India declared as 'invalid' visas given by the Chinese embassy in Mumbai and Kolkata to Indians from Jammu Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh.
A travel advisory issued by the External Affairs Ministry last month asked those going to China to ensure that their visas are pasted on their passports.
"Such paper visas stapled to the passport are not considered valid for travel out of the country," it said.