Monday, June 01, 2020

India may operate special flight from S Africa to bring home stranded citizens

Johannesburg: Indian nationals, who have been stranded in South Africa and the neighbouring Kingdom of Lesotho due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will have the opportunity to get back home as India on Monday announced plans to operate a special flight later this month.

The Indian High Commission announced that as part of the Vande Bharat Mission''s Phase 3, Air India is planning a flight from Johannesburg to Delhi and Mumbai on June 18, subject to approval from the government or South Africa.

Thousands of Indian nationals have already been evacuated from across the globe under the mission.

Strict conditions have been laid down for those wanting to return, including paying for the costs of the flight themselves. The fare has not yet been determined.

“Priority will be given to compelling cases, including migrant workers or labourers, who have been laid off; short term visa holders with expired/expiring visas, persons with medical emergencies, pregnant women, the elderly, those required to return to India due to death of a family member, and students," the High Commission said in a statement.
01/06/20 PTI/Outlook
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