After Swedish tourists, Germans found they were breaking visa rules by attending religious gatherings

Seven German tourists were asked Friday by Assam authorities not to leave the resort where they are staying for allegedly violating visa standards by joining a religious congregation, a police officer said.

The instruction was given to the German travelers a day after three Swedish tourists were deported from the northeastern state for the same crime.

These German people were questioned Friday after it was revealed that they had attended religious congregations in Tinsukia, Margherita and Karbi Anglong, which they cannot do while traveling on a tourist visa, Special Police Director-General (Law and Order) GP Singh said.

“To participate in religious activities, they must have an M1 or missionary visa and register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO), which they have not done. The tourists have been informed of the violation of the rules,” Singh told reporters.

They will only be allowed to leave after paying a fine of $500 each and presenting their return tickets from the country, but until then they have been asked to stay at the resort in Kaziranga National Park, he said.

“If they are not willing to pay the fine, we will consider filing a case against them,” the police officer said.

However, action will be taken against two Indians – one from Jharkhand who is affiliated with a mission organization and another from Karbi Anglong district in Assam – for inviting the foreigners and not informing them about the necessary visas, Singh added. up.

On Thursday, three tourists from Sweden who had been detained for participating in a prayer meeting to be held to convert people to Christianity were deported from Dibrugarh.

The trio were taken into custody on Wednesday after police launched a suo motu case for alleged visa violations by attending the meeting at a tea garden in Ghinai below Namrup Police Station, said Shwetank Mishra, Dibrugarh Police Superintendent.

The Swedish tourists were also fined $500 each, which they paid to the district authorities.

The three-day prayer meeting was organized by the United Church Forum, a body of several churches, with the approval of the district administration.

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