Flights open to Indian nationals, permitted OCI card holders.
With growing demand from Indians stranded in the US due to covid lockdown, India plans to run 11 more Air India flights from the US to various cities in India from May 28 to June 15.
In the extended second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, India’s largest evacuation exercise to bring back Indians from more than 50 countries, the additional flights from the US will go to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkatta.
There will be four flights from Chicago, two each from New York, San Francisco and Washington and one from Newark.
These flights are open to Indian nationals and permitted categories of Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders, the Indian Embassy said in its latest travel advisory.
Since the number of seats on the flights would be limited, priority will be given to compelling cases and Indian nationals and OCI Cardholders registered with the Embassy/Consulates, it said.
These include Indian nationals facing medical emergencies or requiring return due to bereavement in the family, students, pregnant women, elderly or those facing expiry of visas.
Permitted categories of OCI card holders include minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards and those wishing to go to India on account of family emergencies like death in family.
Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India and University students whose parents are Indian citizens living in India are also permitted.
OCI cardholders falling into one of these categories will not require any fresh emergency visa, the embassy said.
The cost of travel will be borne by the passenger. All passengers will be required to undergo medical screening before boarding the flight and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel.
Before boarding, all passengers would have to give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
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On arrival in India, passengers will be medically screened and would have to download and register on Arogya Setu app.
They will also have to follow the protocols and procedures including health protocols issued by the US government on departure and by the Indian authorities before, during the journey and on arrival in India.
Here is the updated schedule of US flights:
Seven more flights for Indians stranded in the US (May 19, 2020)
With few takers, US ends repatriation flights from India (May 20, 2020)
Seven more U.S.-India evacuation flights in second phase (May 15, 2020)