A travel blogger, author and popular YouTuber with over 1.8 Million subscribers of New Zealandic origins- Karl Edward Rice, popularly known on the internet as Karl Rock has been blacklisted by the Indian Government to enter India and his pre-existing visa has been cancelled.
He has claimed in a Youtube video he has posted on his channel that he has been banned without being given any notice or reason and added that he hasn’t been able to visit his wife and in-laws in India for over 269 days.
An official from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed the developments and said that Rock has been banned for one year over visa violations. “New Zealand origin vlogger Karl Rock has been blacklisted by the Government of India for violating multiple visa norms,” said the official from the ministry, “He was found doing business on a tourist visa and has been barred for one year; his visa has been cancelled.”
He has also started an online petition and has been able to get 75,000 plus signatures in one day. Rock has written in the petition, “I left India to go travel Dubai and Pakistan in October 2020 and upon leaving they cancelled my visa at the airport. They wouldn’t tell me why. So, in Dubai, I applied for a new visa. They called me in for a meeting and told me I had been blacklisted and, therefore, they couldn’t issue me a visa to go home”.
In a tweet tagging the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Indian PM Narendra Modi, he said that his wife Manisha Malik hails from Haryana and ever since his blacklisting he has been separated from his wife.
On his youtube channel, he makes videos teaching foreigners how to have a better stay in India and how to avoid falling for common tourist scams. He has also authored a book ‘The India Survival Guide’ especially aimed for that purpose.
Last year when he recovered from Covid-19 in Delhi he even donated plasma at Delhi Plasma bank twice and was appreciated by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet.
It is to be seen whether he gets his name removed from the blacklist, but it is sure that now he couldn’t visit India anytime soon.