The Union home ministry announced that all Afghanistan nationals are required to travel to India only on e-Visa in view of the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.
The decision comes days after the government introduced a new category of visa called "e-Emergency X-Misc visa" especially for the Afghan nationals after the war-torn country was captured by Taliban.
"Owing to the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and streamlining of the visa process by introduction of the 'e-Emergency X-Misc visa', it has been decided that all Afghan nationals henceforth must travel to India only on e-Visa," a home ministry statement said.
The home ministry also announced that keeping in view some reports that certain passports of Afghan nationals have been misplaced, previously issued visas to all Afghan nationals, who are presently not in India, stand invalidated with immediate effect.
"Afghan nationals wishing to travel to India may apply for e-Visa," it said.
Officials said since Indian missions in Afghanistan are shut, the applications will be examined and processed in New Delhi.
The "e-Emergency X-Misc visa" will initially be valid for six months, they said. All Afghans, irrespective of their religion, can apply for the travel document.