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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Lockdown 4.0 till May 31 : Air Travel and Metro Services suspension continues | Schools, Cinemas, Hotels Remains Shut

Lockdown 4.0 till May 31 : Air Travel and Metro Services suspension continues | Schools, Cinemas, Hotels Remains Shut

India is all set to enter Lockdown 4.0 from tomorrow (18th May) as the novel Corona virus COVID-19 total confirmed cases crossed 90000 with death close to 3000 as on date. The centre has announced the next phase (Lockdown 4.0) of lockdown for 2 more weeks starting from tomorrow (Starts from May 18 and continues till 31st May 2020).

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines for Lockdown 4.0 with list of things which are allowed and remains prohibited during this lockdown phase. It has announced several relaxations outside the containment zone to ease the economic situation.

Find here the complete list of activities which will remain prohibited and activities which are allowed in Lockdown 4.0

The following activities shall continue to remain prohibited throughout the country:

Curfew after 7 pm: Except for essential activities, movement of individuals between 7 pm to 7 am (12 hours) strictly prohibited. Local authorities shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as prohibitory orders [Curfew] under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.

Air Travel: All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA. However, evacuation of foreign nationals from India and return of stranded Indian nationals from abroad will continue to be allowed.

Metro Rail: All Metro rail services remains suspended until May 31

Educational Institutions: Schools, Colleges, Training Institues, Coching Institutions will continue to remain closed.

Hotels, Restaurants and Hospitality Services: Hotels and Restaurants closed until 31 May with few exceptions. Kitchen to prepare food at restaurants for home delivery, canteens at bus and railway stations, airports, Stranded persons and for quarantine facilities; Permitted which are meant for Government and healthcare employees

Shops and Markets: Shops and Markets continue to operate with limited hours ensuring social distancing with not more than 5 persons at one time. Respective State and Union territories authorities to decide on the regulations.

Malls, Cinemas and other facilities: Shopping Malls, Cinemas, Gyms, Parks, Bars, Halls and similar places not permitted. Stadiums and Sports complexes are permitted to open while spectators will not be allowed.

Gatherings: Any means of gatherings which includes social, political, religious, sports, cultural and any other large gatherings continue to be prohibited until 31 May 2020.

Places of worship: All religious places and places of worship remains closed.

Red, Green, Orange, Containment and Buffer Zones:

  • States and Union Territories will decide the classification of Zones in their respective areas after considering guidelines shared by Government of India (GoI) and Ministry of Health & parameters laid out by the Health Ministry.
  • States and Union Territories will decide the zones, it can be a district or a municipality or even smaller administrative units.
  • Further, States/ UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in the various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.

The following activities will be permitted except in Containment Zones:

Passenger Vehicles and Buses: Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses are permitted with mutual consent of the respective states and union territories involved.

Online shopping and e-commerce websites are now allowed to operate in all zones, except containment zones.

Containment Zones: In the Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones expect for emergencies as per ministry guidelines.

Protection to Vulnerable Persons: Children below 10 years, Pregnant Women, Male and Female above 65 years, Persons with co-morbidities shall stay at home unless it is for essential and health purpose.

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