India to evacuate stranded citizens from Gulf

Government of India will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad, especially in the Gulf, on compelling grounds in a phased manner, a Ministry of Home Affairs statement said. 


The travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships. The Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) has been prepared in this regard, it said.


Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens. This facility would be made available on payment-basis. Non-scheduled commercial flights would be arranged for air travel. The travel would begin in a phased manner from May 7, it said.


The description of "compelling reasons" could include those who are no longer gainfully employed, people who arrived in the Gulf on visit visas which have since expired, pregnant women, the elderly and those who are in need of medical treatment in their home states in India.


Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the Health Protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.


On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Aarogya Setu app. Everyone would be medically screened. After scrutiny, they would be quarantined for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on payment-basis, by the concerned state government. Covid test would be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols, it said.


The Ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation would soon share detailed information about it through their websites, it added.


State Governments are being advised to make arrangements, including for testing, quarantine and onward movement of the returning Indians in their respective states - TradeArabia News Service.




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