Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Distressed to get priority on Indian evacuation flights

aced with a growing demand from people stranded at home and abroad due to covid lockdown, India will now give priority to the distressed on hundreds of evacuation flights to and from over 50 nations.

As part of the Vande Bharat mission, its largest evacuation exercise, India’s national carrier Air India is running over 250 flights, including 14 to and from the US, to ferry its citizens home.

The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a new Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for travel of Indian Nationals stranded abroad and for those stranded in India who wish to go back.

For travel of Indian Nationals stranded abroad, priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers and laborers who have been laid off, the ministry said.
Short term visa holders faced with expiry of visas, persons with medical emergency, pregnant women, elderly and those required to return to India due to death of family member, and students too would be given priority.

Such persons would have to register themselves with the Indian Missions in the country where they are stranded, along with necessary details as prescribed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
25/05/20 American Bazar Online
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