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The 53-year-old actor was seen for the first time since the Academy Awards when he arrived at a private airport in Mumbai, India on Saturday. Will was met with paparazzi who awaited his arrival, and he smiled for photos with a fan.

A source tells PEOPLE that the actor traveled to India for spiritual purposes, to practice yoga and meditation.

A day after the Oscars on March 27, Will apologized to Rock in a statement, saying that he "reacted emotionally" because the "joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear." (Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about living with hair loss due to alopecia.)

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Will — who won Best Actor for King Richard at the ceremony — has since resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars. The Academy also banned the actor from attending its events for the next 10 years.

When he resigned from the Academy, Will said in a statement that his behavior was "shocking, painful and inexcusable."

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"The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy," he said at the time. "I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film."

Will later concluded, "Change takes time, and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason."

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The 53-year-old actor was seen for the first time since the Academy Awards when he arrived at a private airport in Mumbai, India on Saturday. Will was met with paparazzi who awaited his arrival, and he smiled for photos with a fan.

A source tells PEOPLE that the actor traveled to India for spiritual purposes, to practice yoga and meditation.

A day after the Oscars on March 27, Will apologized to Rock in a statement, saying that he "reacted emotionally" because the "joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear." (Will's wife Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about living with hair loss due to alopecia.)

For more on Will Smith, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day.

Will — who won Best Actor for King Richard at the ceremony — has since resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which hosts the Oscars. The Academy also banned the actor from attending its events for the next 10 years.

When he resigned from the Academy, Will said in a statement that his behavior was "shocking, painful and inexcusable."

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

"The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy," he said at the time. "I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film."

Will later concluded, "Change takes time, and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason."

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Smith was in India last in 2019 and even did a small cameo in Karan Johar's film 'Student Of The Year 2'. Smith had shot in India for his reality show 'The Bucket List' and had also visited Haridwar and taken part in the 'Ganga Aarti.

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The “King Richard” star appeared to be in great spirits in photos where he’s seen smiling with fans, taking pictures and waving to onlookers at a private airfield Saturday in Mumbai, India.

While the purpose of the the star’s trip is currently unknown, it’s likely a welcome escape for the actor, who was banned from all Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events for 10 years after publicly assaulting Rock due to a G.I. Jane joke about Pinkett Smith, who suffers from hair loss condition, alopecia.

After smacking the actor in her defense, Smith shouted at Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out your f–king mouth!”

The following day, the “Independence Day” star issued an apology to Rock and The Academy for his behavior.

“My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about my Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”

Smith went on to apologize to “the Academy, producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world,” as well as to “the Williams Family and my King Richards Family.”

“I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us,” he concluded. “I am a work in progress. Sincerely, Will.”

Smith also resigned from The Academy shortly before being banned.

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