Saturday, April 04, 2020

Repatriation flights for US citizens stranded in India to start from April 4

New Delhi: Multiple flights from New Delhi to San Francisco will be arranged to repatriate US citizens stranded in northern and eastern India due to a lockdown in the country to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the American embassy here said on Friday.
 The flights will begin operating from April 4, the embassy said. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster lauded the government's efforts to fight coronavirus.
 "The U.S. Mission supports the Government of India in the fight against #COVID19. Impressive to see the public support for the lockdown and social distancing, with no sign of civil unrest. #USIndia," Juster said in a tweet.
 The embassy has asked US citizens to share their location and other details by filling out the form at and also register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at to receive critical information concerning flight opportunities. For US citizens in northern and eastern India, multiple flights from New Delhi to San Francisco are being arranged, the mission said in a statement.
 "Based on prioritization, we will reach out to you directly via email to offer a seat on a flight. Please respond within the time frame specified in the email. We will not be able to accommodate requests for specific flight preferences," the statement said. The embassy said it is planning to facilitate transportation to Delhi from some cities in northern India and will share the via STEP once the arrangements are finalised. "Currently, we are planning flights from Kolkata, Dehradun, and Amritsar to Delhi for onward flights to San Francisco. We are also planning for bus transportation from Jaipur and Dharamshala to Delhi for onward flights to San Francisco," it said.
 03/04/20 PTI/Economic Times
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