Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad : Dr. S. Jaishankar – External affairs minister of India

Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad : Dr. S. Jaishankar – External affairs minister of India

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Indian government has been bringing back Indians from abroad in phases. 173 flights and 3 ships has been involved so far covering 34 countries. So far under Vande Bharat Mission, 9 flights with 1520 passengers plus 45 infants has been repatriated from Qatar.

Dr. S. Jaishankar, external affairs minister of India had a detailed review meeting of Vande Bharat Mission on Tuesday. He held this review meeting with officials from all the agencies and ministries involved in the repatriation exercise.

The government plans to bring back 1,00,000 Indian nationals stranded in as many as 60 countries in the on-going second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), said Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar. He also added that, Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad.

Dr. S. Jaishankar in a series of tweets on after concluding the review meeting with officials from MEA India, MoCA GoI, Air Iindia, MHA, DMA, Bureau of Immigration he said,

  • Focus of meeting was to ramp up the scale of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) and enhance its efficiency.
  • Phase 2 of Vande Bharat Mission extended from 17 May to 13 June 2020. So far of 173 flights and 3 ships covering 34 countries. Target 100,000 passengers from 60 countries.
  • Preparations for 3rd phase – widening our footprint has commenced.
  • Increase in entry points and expanded feeder flights being planned.
  • Arrangements being made for amnesty beneficiaries in the Gulf.
  • Air India will shortly shift to direct ticketing to facilitate bookings abroad.
  • Center is working with state governments for more efficient use of cumulative quarantine capacity.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Indian Nationals abroad having “compelling reasons” are being brought back to India which includes elderly people, students, pregnant women and nationals who are facing the prospect of deportation.

Source: @DrSJaishankar


Covid-19 helpline numbers of Indian Embassy Doha55647502 and 55667569 | Queries will be answered only by WhatsApp / SMS. Do not to communicate on these numbers for repatriation and consular service related queries.


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Covid-19 helpline numbers of Indian Embassy Doha – Do not communicate on this for repatriation related queries

Covid-19 helpline numbers of Indian Embassy Doha – Do not communicate on this for repatriation related queries

Embassy of India Doha tweeted an update on its official twitter handle regarding Covid-19 helpline numbers of Indian Embassy. It has announced that, Indian Embassy will have two mobile numbers (55647502 and 55667569) exclusively for Covid-19 helpline. Queries will be answered only by WhatsApp / SMS.

The Embassy informed that these 2 Covid-19 helpline numbers are meant only for providing food and medical assitance. Also requested not to communicate on these numbers for repatriation and consular service related queries.

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Indian ambassador to Qatar H.E. Mr. P. Kumaran has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore

Indian ambassador to Qatar H.E. Mr. P. Kumaran has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore

Embassy of India Doha on its official twitter handle today tweeted that, Indian Ambassador to Qatar Shri Periasamy Kumaran has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

Indian Ambassador HE P Kumaran, took charge in 2016 and has proved to a popular envoy among the Indians in Qatar.

QatarIndians.com team wishing him all the best for his new assignment and sure he will be missed by the Indian community in Qatar.

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has appointed new ambassador to Qatar. In a statement published on their website Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that Dr. Deepak Mittal will be the new envoy to Qatar and he is expected to take charge in few weeks.

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List of repatriation flights to India from Doha for the ongoing Phase-2: 29-May to 04-June 2020

List of repatriation flights to India from Doha for the ongoing Phase-2: 29-May to 04-June 2020

Embassy of India Doha in a recent tweet shared a list of flights scheduled to leave Doha to various Indian cities for the ongoing phase-2. Flights to Kannur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Srinagar / Amristar, Chennai, Thiruvanathapuram and Lucknow are scheduled from Doha between 29th May to 4th June 2020.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Indians living abroad are being repatriated back from many countries including Qatar. Phase-2 of repatriation is in progress and as on 25th May 2020, 9 flights from Doha has left to India carrying 1520 passengers from Qatar, plus 45 infants.

On 22-May, Indian Embassy Doha has tweeted a tentative list of destinations approved for the next round of repatriation flights from Qatar after the Eid holidays.

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Register on the Indian Embassy website for repatriation before it is closed | Embassy of India, Doha

Register on the Indian Embassy website for repatriation before it is closed | Embassy of India, Doha

Embassy of India, Doha on a recent tweet urges Indian nationals who wish to register for repatriation before it is closed. Also advises not to send repeated emails to the Indian Embassy without registering through the form available on the Indian Embassy Website (Datasheet to be filled by those seeking repatriation to India)

Indian Embassy tweets, “Please register on the Embassy website for repatriation if you haven’t already done so, before it is closed. Data in the indicated format is required for approval of your request

How Indians in the State of Qatar register for repatriation?

Please visit Indian Embassy website and click on the registration link to submit repatriation request

What all details you need to provide to complete the registration?

  • Choose the destination of your flight (Destination should be within your state)
  • Personal details which includes Age, Gender, Passport Information, Email, Address, Visa Type and Contact number

Choose the reason for requesting repatriation (Choose from one of the below)

  • Medical emergency/Terminal illness
  • Death of a Family Member in India
  • Deportation by Foreign government
  • Migrant Worker laid off
  • Expiry of Short-Term Visa
  • Stranded Tourist/Visitor
  • Stranded Students
  • Pregnant Woman
  • Senior Citizen

Also you need to confirm your COVID test status if it is done or choose not done.

Source: @IndEmbDoha

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Tentative destinations for the next round of repatriation flights from Qatar | Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow & Amritsar

Tentative destinations for the next round of repatriation flights from Qatar | Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow & Amritsar

The official twitter page of Embassy of India Doha in a recent tweet stated that, Indian Embassy in Qatar have an indicative list of destinations approved for the next round of repatriation flights from Qatar after the Eid holidays.

As per the tweet, destinations approved (indicative) for the next round of repatriation flights from Qatar are Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow & Amritsar. However, it states that further details are awaited from Delhi.

The Indian government under the Vande Bharat Mission has been bringing back stranded Indians from many countries including Qatar in phases. So far 8 flights carrying 1374 passengers plus 45 infants from Qatar has been repatriated to India.

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IndiGo to operate 28 repatriation flights between Kerala and Doha | Vande Bharat Mission

IndiGo to operate 28 repatriation flights between Kerala and Doha | Vande Bharat Mission

IndiGo, India’s commercial passenger airline has been authorized to operate 28 repatriation flights between Kerala and Doha. The Indian government under the Vande Bharat Mission has been bringing back Indians in Air India flights from abroad in phases. As a part of that, IndiGo has been authorized to operate 97 repatriation flights to Kerala which includes 28 flights between Kerala and Doha.

IndiGo chief executive officer Ronojoy Dutta said, ‘We had expressed eagerness to support Indian government’s repatriation efforts from the Middle-East. We are grateful for the approval to operate flights to four countries to bring back our fellow citizens, who are either stranded due to suspension of operations or have registered to fly back owing to the economic landscape.

‘These special flights offer an opportunity to leverage our network strength in the Middle-East to support the nation at this crucial time. IndiGo will continue to contribute and adapt its business to the needs of the hour.

IndiGo has been granted 180 repatriation flights allotted to bring back the stranded Indians aborad, an official statement released by IndiGo. However, IndiGo did not state any schedule in terms of when the repatriation flights from Kerala to Doha and other regions will start.

Apart from this, Air India will continue to operate flights under the Vande Bharat Mission to fly back the stranded Indians abroad. So far 13,000 Indians has been brought back to India under the Vande Bharat Mission, stated Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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Beware of fraudulent calls requesting money to put people on repatriation flights | Alert from Embassy of India, Doha

Beware of fraudulent calls requesting money to put people on repatriation flights | Alert from Embassy of India, Doha

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has issued an alert to all the Indian expats living in Qatar against calls from fraudsters requesting money to put people on repatriation flights to India.  Fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the repatriation process amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Please beware of such fraudulent calls and do not provide any kind of information or money.

We are in the digital age, but the telephone remains weapon of choice for scammers. Most of the cases, fraudulent callers pose as representatives of government agencies or famous telecom companies or travel companies. They give you always a very good news and a big news.

Unsolicited calls from people claiming to work for a government institution or a telecom or financial firms should be taken as warning signs. Usually, these companies and institutions will rarely call you unless they have first communicated by other means or you have contacted them.

Please beware of such fraudulent calls. Do not provide any details such as Passport Number, Bank Account Details and also other personal details.

We have received complaints about calls from persons requesting money to put people on repatriation flights. These are…

Posted by India in Qatar (Embassy of India, Doha) on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 

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First batch of stranded Indians in Qatar to be repatriated on Saturday (May 9)

First batch of stranded Indians in Qatar to be repatriated on Saturday (May 9)

The first batch of stranded Indians in Qatar who want to be repatriated will be able to board a flight on May 9 after the Indian government has decided to operate special flights to bring home nationals who are held up in foreign countries.

The Indian embassy has initiated steps to facilitate the repatriation following the suspension of air travel of because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. In the first phase of the plan, two special flights will be used to fly Indian nationals home, the first one on May 9 to Kochi and the second one to Thiruvanathapuram on May 10.

Update: The Air India Express flight from Doha – Kochi earlier scheduled for May 7 and later has been postponed to May 9 (Saturday). It is learnt that the delay in obtaining COVID-19 test results of the crew members and staff is the reason behind rescheduling.

The Government of India announced in a press release Monday that Indians stranded abroad on compelling grounds will be taken back in a phased manner from 7th of this month.

The travel will be arranged on aircraft and naval ships and a standard Operating Protocol (SOP) has been prepared in this regard, said the statement. Non-scheduled commercial flights will be arranged for the travel that will begin in a phased manner on Thursday.

An Indian embassy statement said: “The passenger list for both the flights will be decided based on the registration on the Indian embassy website, specifically meant for this purpose. Priority will be given to urgent medical cases, pregnant women, people in distress, senior citizens and those who are stranded in difficult situations.” The embassy will contact the selected passengers from the list through their telephone or email.

The embassy disclosed that about 40,000 people have registered on its website for repatriation and it will take time to accommodate all the requests and complete the process.

The embassy has also stated that those passengers who are shortlisted to travel will have to bear the cost of the air ticket. All the requirements for quarantine after reaching India as well as the medical requirements for travel from Doha will be conveyed to them and have to be accepted by each passenger.

Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens to be taken out.

Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight and 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 Arogya Sethu app and all 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-19 test would be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols.

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

India government has allocated 64 flight services to make travel arrangements for Indians stranded around the world in the first week of its operations starting from May 9. On day one it is expected that about 2300 Indians will be facilitated to fly back from various countries. On day two and three, the number of passengers are expected to be 2050, day four, 1850, day five 2200, day six, 2500 and day seven, 1850. The total number of people expected to travel by the end of week one is 14,800.

“We are waiting for further instructions from the government of India for flights to other states. We will inform the details as and when we receive such information. We request everyone to be patient and cooperate in such a massive effort,” an Indian embassy official said.

Further details can be had from the embassy’s Covid-19 helpline – 55667569 or 55647502. People can also email at [email protected] gmail.com

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Indian Nationals stranded abroad will be brought back in a phased manner : Process to begin from 7th May 2020

Indian Nationals stranded abroad will be brought back in a phased manner : Process to begin from 7th May 2020

The Indian government yesterday made a press announcement that it will facilitate the return of stranded Indian nationals abroad in a phased manner. As per the press release, Indian government is planning to bring back the stranded Indians who struck abroad in a phased manner starting from 7th of May (Thursday).

Various actions has been taken by Indian government to control the spread of corona-virus COVID-19. As a part of that arrival of international flights has been banned in India since 23rd March 2020 and on 24th of March Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 21-day lock down. It was then extended till 3rd of May and then extended again till 17th of May 2020.

Millions of Indian nationals are living in Gulf region and wanting to return to India due to various reasons which includes people who are in short-term visas, people with medical emergencies, loss of jobs and students.

Arrangements are planned to bring the Indians back on aircraft’s and naval ships. “Government of India will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner.” according to the press release by the Indian government. It also states that, a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been prepared for this plan.

Indian Embassies and High commissions in the respective countries are preparing database of Indian nationals those who wanted to return to India. Indian consulate in Qatar and other countries has already started e-registrations to collect information of Indians who wanted to go back to India for various reasons. (Click here to register)

  • It has also been clarified that it is not a free service. It is a non-scheduled commercial service and and those who want to return will have to pay for the service.
  • Passengers will be screened medically before the departure and only asymptomatic persons will be allowed to board flights.
  • During the travel, passengers must follow the health protocols and other protocols as instructed by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Civil Aviation
  • Upon arrival at the destination in India, passengers will have to download and register on the Arogya Setu app.
  • After which passengers will have to go through medical screening followed by a quarantine period of 14 days. This quarantine will be in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on a payment basis as per the state government.
  • Medical test for COVID-19 will be repeated at the end of the 14 days quarantine period and based on the results further action will be decided as per the respective state government health protocols.

Press release stated that, The Ministries of External Affairs and Civil Aviation will soon share detailed information about it through their websites. Also it states that, The state governments are being advised to make arrangements, including for testing, quarantine and onward movement of the returning Indians in their respective states.

Frequently asked questions in regard to repatriation

Is it a free service where everyone can fly back to India for FREE?

No. It is not a free service and everyone will have to pay for it.

Where the medical screening will be done? Is it at the departure or at the arrival destination?

Medical screening for COVID-19 will be done both at the departure and on arrival. Along with the medical screening at the arrival, everyone has to go through 14-day quarantine period.

Is there a quarantine and if so what is the quarantine process?

Quarantine will be done at a hospital in respective state or in an institutional quarantine on a payment basis. Also after the 14 days quarantine period, one more test will be taken and you will be asked to proceed further according to the report and decision taken by the concerned state government health protocols.

Press Release: Indian Nationals stranded abroad will be brought back on a phased manner : Process to begin from 7th May 2020

Press Release Image Credit: Embassy of India, Doha

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