Shops and Commercial activities allowed on Fridays and Saturdays

Shops and Commercial activities allowed on Fridays and Saturdays with effect from July 9

Qatar being successful at flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases entered in to Phase 2 of gradual lifiting of restrictions as per the plan.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the regular cabinet meeting via video conferencing yesterday.

After the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Dr. Isa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi stated the following: At the beginning of meeting, Cabinet heard a presentation by Minister of Public Health on latest developments to contain Coronavirus ,Cabinet affirmed continued implementation of precautionary measures taken to combat this epidemic. The following were the other decisions made:

Cabinet decided to end working with its decision of closing shops and all commercial activity on Friday and Saturday of every week, and the decision goes into effect starting Thursday Jul. 9, 2020.

  • Cabinet approved draft decision from Minister of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs on determining the ratio of Qatari employees to non-Qatari employees in private sector, draft decision comes in implementation of provision of the labor law no. 14 of 2004.
  • The draft decision aims to raise the percentage of Qataris working at state-owned companies, or where the state is an investor to 60 percent. The decision also includes other authorities that are subject to the retirement and pensions law.
  • The draft decision also aims to raise the percentage of Qataris in human resources to 80 percent in these authorities.
  • The cabinet approved a draft law amending some provisions of decree law no. 11 of 2012 on government regulation of the buying and selling of chemical and petrochemical products that are produced in the State of Qatar.
  • The cabinet reviewed a report of the State of Qatar’s population in 2019, and the outcomes of a study by the permanent population committee and its remarks on the report. The cabinet then took the appropriate decisions regarding the matter.

Source: Qatar News Agency


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Planning to visit Katara Beach: Know your entrance fees to visit Katara Beach

Planning to visit Katara Beach: Know your entrance fees to visit Katara Beach

Entry to Katara Beach will now be through paid tickets according to an announcement made by Katara on Friday 3rd July. With effect from 4th July, Katara made it paid entry to Katara Beaches.

Entry Ticket to Katara Beach priced according to age groups:

  • Less than 7 years – FREE
  • 7 to 17 years – QR 25
  • 18 years and above – QR 50

Phase 2 of gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar started from 1st of July. As a part of that, public and private beaches was reopened on 1 July. Katara beach opens from 3 pm to 10 pm.

Source: Katara


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List of repatriation flights to India from Qatar (as on 03 July) | July 2020 Schedule

List of repatriation flights to India from Qatar (as on 03 July) | July 2020 Schedule

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has posted list of repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) for the month of July 2020 (dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes). Flights to India from Doha commences from 8th July (Wed) to various destinations in India. It includes flights from Doha to Lucknow, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kannur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

Below is the complete schedule of flights from Doha (as on 03 July 2020) – (Source: mea.gov.in)

Thousands of Indians are waiting to fly back to India and this new list will benefits Indian nationals who desperately waiting to travel to India.

Earlier in a tweet by Civil Aviation Ministry stated, “Private Airlines will have significant participation in Phase-4 of VBM. Among others, IndiGo will operate 238 flights from Qatar & 219 flights from Kuwait; while GoAir will operate 41 flights from Kuwait. Number of pvt carriers, flights & destinations likely to increase,”.

Note from MEA states that, “This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims.”

Source: MEA | Image Credit: IndiGo flight (File Photo | PTI)



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National Address compulsory to complete many other transactions | July 26, Deadline to register

National Address compulsory to complete many other transactions | July 26, Deadline to register

The Ministry of Interior has renewed its call to citizens and residents to register their National Address before the deadline of July 26, 2020. The registration of National Address will be compulsory and required for public to complete many other transactions. So far, over one million people in Qatar have registered themselves in the national address while the registration process will continue until July 26, 2020.

‘The National Address will be one of the information required to complete (other) transactions. Register your national address to ensure the completion of your transactions in a proper time, said the Ministry on its Twitter account. The registration of the national address started on January 27, 2020 and will continue until July 26.

Every applicant is responsible for giving the correct information and there is a fine of QR 10,000 for giving false information. The fine also applies for not registering during the 6-month period. The fine can be reconciled to QR 5,000 before reaching the court.

Meanwhile according to a poll on the Ministry of Interior website, around 5,000 people preferred registering their national address through Metrash2. The poll was about which is the most suitable way for people to register their national address. The total number of people participated in the poll so far is 6,562 while the online survey started on May 1, 2020 will continue until June 30, 2020.

The result showed that 76 percent of voters which is 4,989 preferred Metrash2, while 20 percent which represent 1,312 participants prefer MoI e-services portal while only 4 percent (261) preferred MoI services centers.

The National Address data include one’s residence address in Qatar, landline and cell phone numbers, e-mail address, and work address for those who work in government or private sector.

The registration is available through Metrash2 and the Ministry website, in addition to the Ministry of Interior service centres in the country, but in order to limit spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry urged people to register only online through its website or Metrash2.

The National Address will serve many government entities such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment; the Ministry of Justice; the Supreme Judiciary Council and Planning and Statistics Authority, a senior official had said earlier.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

National Address Registration form asks for the below details (https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/services/inviduallandingpages/national+address+services/requesttoaddorupdatenationaladdressforindividuals)

  • Residential address
  • Land phone number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail
  • Employer’s address for government and private sector employees
  • Permanent address abroad and any other information specified by the relevant authority.


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International flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended till 15 July

International flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended till 15 July 2020 | DGCA

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that, International commercial passenger flights schedules to and from India shall remain suspended till 15th of July 2020. Also, added that this restriction does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, on selected routes international scheduled flights may be allowed on case to case basis by the competent authority. Circular from DGCA specified that this restriction will not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the aviation regulator.

India earlier suspended all passenger flights on 25th of March and since then all International flights has been suspended. From 6th of May 2020, India began the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back the stranded Indians through scheduled repatriation flights.

It was on March 25 when India suspended all commercial passenger International flights as a nationwide lockdown came into force amid the coronavirus crisis. There has been no decision on the reopening of the international flight services since. However, domestic flights were allowed from May 25. India began the Vande Bharat Mission May 6 onwards to help stranded people reach their destinations through international repatriation flights.

As of today (26 June) 47 flights has been take off from Doha under Vande Bharat Mission with 8175 passenger plus 223 infants.

“The competent authority has decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India shall remain suspended till 2359 hours IST of 15th July 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis,” the official note read.



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No more than 50% of the total number of employees to work at the workplace | Effective from 1st of July

No more than 50% of the total number of employees to work at the workplace | Effective from 01 July 2020

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the regular cabinet meeting via video conferencing.

After the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs His Excellency Dr. Isa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi stated the following: The Cabinet affirmed to continue the application of the precautionary measures and procedures taken in order to combat this pandemic. Within the framework of the plan to gradually lift the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19, the Cabinet decided the following.

Effective from 01 July 2020 until further notice,

Not more than 50% of the total number of employees to work at the workplace

  • It decided to amend its decision regarding reducing the number of employees present in the workplace of government entities, allowing – as needed – no more than 50% of the total number of employees to work at the workplace, while the rest of the employees continue their work remotely from their homes, or when requested, as appropriate.
  • It decided to amend its decision to reduce the number of workers present in the workplace in the private sector so that no more than 50% of the total number of workers work in offices, and the rest work remotely from their homes.

Private health care facilities to limit within 60% of the capacity

  • It decided to amend its decision regarding the suspension of medical services in health facilities, allowing these services to be provided within 60% of the capacity of private health care facilities while continuing to provide emergency services.


In implementing the said decision, the following must be taken into account:

A – continued implementation of the previous exceptions decided by the Cabinet in this regard.

B- adherence to health requirements, precautionary measures and procedures, and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health.

  • The competent authorities – each in its jurisdiction – shall take the necessary measures in this regard.
  • This decision is effective as of Wednesday, July 7, 2020, until further notice.

Source: QNA (Qatar News Agency)



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Travelling out of Doha with a return booking? – You cannot depart without your 14-day confirmed quarantine hotel booking

Travelling out of Doha with a return booking? – You cannot depart without your 14-day confirmed quarantine hotel booking 

In a recent Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020, it has been advised that with immediate effect all passengers travelling out of Doha with a return booking must have a confirmed reservation in one of the designated quarantine hotels in Qatar on their return.

As per the circular, no passengers irrespective of nationality can depart from Doha without holding a confirmed hotel booking for their return for a period of fourteen (14) days which will be prepaid against a nonrefundable voucher obtained from the hotel through “Discover Qatar” website.

In case travel dates into Doha are amended, hotel reservations can be changed subject to availability.

Passengers who are currently out of the State of Qatar, and upon their return, must also hold a confirmed hotel booking in one of the quarantine hotels at the time of checking into their flights to Doha.

List of current quarantine hotels in Qatar:

  1. Dusit Doha
  2. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
  3. Time Rako Hotel
  4. The Town Hotel
  5. Ezdan Hotels Doha – Tower 2
  6. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel
  7. AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton
  8. City Centre Rotana Doha Hotel
  9. Kingsgate Doha Hotel
  10. Millenium Central Hotel
  11. Millennium Plaza Hotel
  12. Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel
  13. Dusit D2 Salwa Doha
  14. Ezdan Hotels Doha – Tower 1
  15. Grand Regal hotel
  16. Holiday Villa Hotel and Residence
  17. K108 Hotel
  18. La Villa Hotel
  19. Safir Hotel

To book hotel rooms – https://www.qatarairwaysholidays.com/qa-en/welcome-home-booking/?cid=DQFAQ

See complete details and latest updates on https://www.discoverqatar.qa/welcome-home/

Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020 

 

 

Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020

Circular (Circular No. 12 for the year 2020) from Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) dated 17th June 2020



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QID holders who wanted to return back to Qatar during Phase Three, beginning 1st August 2020 | All you need to know

QID holders who wanted to return back to Qatar during Phase Three, beginning 1st August 2020 | All you need to know

The gradual lifting of Phase One Covid-19 restrictions by Qatar beginning June 15, mentioned that passengers making essential trips out of country would be required to undergo mandatory 2-week hotel quarantine at designated hotels. The communiqué also made it very clear that the cost of the quarantine will have to be borne by the passenger.

However, several questions were raised regarding the situation of residents who wanted to return back to Qatar during Phase Three, beginning 1st August 2020.

QID holders returning from 1 August – 15 September: QID holders will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without first receiving authorisation to travel to Qatar, and then by also providing confirmation of a 14 day government approved welcome home package reservation.

QID holders are advised not to book a quarantine package until approval to return to Qatar has been confirmed. Details of the approval process will be published when the eligibility and guidelines are confirmed by the relevant authorities.

Discover Qatar, the destination management division of Qatar Airways and a partner of National Tourism Council have posted in their website, what are the necessary quarantine conditions that would apply to those residents who are ‘permitted’ to arrive into Qatar.

Source Credit: Discover Qatar

Please do not book a Welcome Home Package until you have approval to travel to Qatar.

Until 31 July arrivals into Qatar are only permitted for Qatari Nationals, their travelling companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other exceptionally approved Visa holders. From 1 August pre-approved QID resident permit holders will also be able to travel to Qatar. We are awaiting more details from the relevant authorities about the pre-approval process.

If you wish to be informed of the latest updates, we recommend that you sign up to our e-mail newsletter. Alternatively please come back to this page regularly to check for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Eligibility – Who is eligible to return to/enter Qatar, on which dates, and under what conditions.

Who needs to go into quarantine upon arrival into Qatar, and can I self-isolate or book my own hotel?

All permitted arrivals into Qatar must go into Government approved hotels to quarantine for a 14 day period upon arrival into Qatar. The following is a summary of who is currently permitted to arrive into Qatar and what quarantine conditions apply (subject to change so please check out the rules and conditions on regular basis):

For Qatari Nationals, their travel companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other eligible Visa holders returning to Doha from 15 June – 15 September:

All travellers departing from Qatar will need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages for a period of 14 days, which must be booked before departure from Qatar, if the return date is planned on or before 15 September. Check in at HIA will not be permitted without a confirmed quarantine reservation, if arrival back into Qatar is before 15 September. Eligible travellers currently outside Qatar will also need to book and pay for one of the approved quarantine hotel packages for a period of 14 days if arriving back into Doha on or before 15 September. Bookings can be made at Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar. Only Qatari Nationals, their travelling companions, those with a Permanent Resident Card or other eligible Visa holders, will be permitted to arrive into Qatar before 1 August 2020.

QID holders returning from 1 August – 15 September: 

QID holders will not be able to board a flight to Qatar without first receiving authorisation to travel to Qatar, and then by also providing confirmation of a 14 day government approved welcome home package reservation.

QID holders are advised not to book a quarantine package until approval to return to Qatar has been confirmed. Details of the approval process will be published when the eligibility and guidelines are confirmed by the relevant authorities. Please check back regularly to this page for updates.

Can all QID Holders return on 1 August?

No, only QID holders from selected “low risk” countries will be permitted to travel from 1 August, and pre-authorisation to enter Qatar will be required for all QID holders. Further details and a list of approved “low risk” countries will be provided when available.

Can I self-quarantine at home?

No, as of now, and as per Ministry of Public Health regulations, the 14 day quarantine is required at an approved and designated quarantine hotel. Check the rules and regulations on a regular basis for future updates.

What if my Qatar ID has expired?

If your QID has expired whilst you have been outside of Qatar you may be permitted to re-enter Qatar to renew your QID, after you been approved to travel and have successfully completed your 14 day quarantine.

Can I fly with an airline other than Qatar Airways?

Yes, but the same entry conditions will be present for Qatari Nationals and QID holders.

If I have already had a positive test for Covid-19, can I travel?

No, once you have recovered and tested negative you can travel, by adhering to the entry and quarantine requirements already outlined.

How to book – to enable a smooth return/entry to Qatar, Discover Qatar outlines the official approved booking process.

Where can I make my hotel booking?

For all other permitted arrivals, quarantine bookings can be made at Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar.

Can I cancel or amend the booking?

Yes, bookings can be amended, up to 24 hours prior to your arrival, without any penalty. There is no refund for any unused quarantine reservations or if you fail to check in on the date of your arrival.

Can I choose the Hotel?

Yes, you will be able to choose between different star rated hotels available, depending upon your preferred hotel category and budget.

How much will it cost?

Welcome Home package rates and options will be available from 15 June. If eligible, check availability for your chosen dates at Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar.

Can I book direct with a hotel?

No, you will need to make your booking directly with Qatar Airways Holidays in partnership with Discover Qatar for a stay at an approved quarantine hotel.

Your safety and comfort are the highest priority – upon arrival and at your hotel.

What will happen on arrival at the airport?

Upon arrival at HIA, you will be directed to a transfer to take you to the hotel.

How will I go from the Airport to the Hotel?

A compulsory one way transfer will be provided.

Is there any limit to how much luggage I can bring in the transfer which is provided?

Luggage space is limited to one piece of checked in luggage and one piece of hand luggage per passenger. Additional charges may apply if you have excess luggage that cannot be accommodated into the transfer vehicle provided.

What steps are in place to ensure safety in the hotels?

Your hotel will be compliant with the Qatar Clean program. Qatar Clean is a collaborative effort by the National Tourism Council, Ministry of Public Health, and the hospitality and tourism sectors. The program has been carefully designed to align with best practices and expert protocols to ensure remarkable levels of cleanliness, hygiene and safety for our guests and front line workers. For more information please visit www.qatarclean.com

What happens if I test positive for Covid-19 at any time of quarantine?

You will be directed to follow the instructions provided by MOPH staff at the hotel.

Can I share the room?

Only with direct relatives. A maximum of 2 adults and 1 child 6 years or under may share a room.

Will I be able to have contact with family members or friends who are based in Qatar, at any time during quarantine?

No. Physical contact is not allowed.

Will I be able to have contact with family members or friends at any time during quarantine (where they are also in quarantine)?

No, only unless you will be sharing a room.

What if we are a large group and / or have specific requirements?

Please call or email Discover Qatar with your request and we will be happy to see if this can be accommodated.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +974 4423 7999

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Revised list of repatriation flights to India from Doha | June 2020 Schedule (updated on 14 June)

Revised list of repatriation flights to India from Doha | June 2020 Schedule (updated on 14 June)

Embassy of India Doha tweeted updated list of repatriation flights for the complete month of June 2020. Revised list includes few more Indian cities which were not part of the previous schedule. Flights from Doha to Trivandrum, Kannur, Kozhikode, Trichy, Delhi, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bhubhaneswar via Delhi, Amristar / Srinagar, Kolkata / Bhuvaneswar, Ahmedabad, Madurai and Coimbatore are scheduled until 30th June 2020.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Indians in Qatar are being repatriated back to India. Phase-2 of repatriation is in progress and as on today 9th of June 2020, 21 flights from Doha has left to India carrying 3506 passengers from Qatar, plus  98 infants.

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NRIs stranded in India urge Centre – “Don’t fly empty planes”

NRIs stranded in India urge Centre  – “Don’t fly empty planes” | US and Gulf expats want to return back to their second home.

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Stranded non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the country working/residing in US and Middle Eastern countries have urged the Centre to help them get back to countries of their residency, citing the threat of losing their jobs and livelihoods due to the delay among other reasons.

They say they could be put on empty Air India flights engaged in the world’s biggest evacuation named ‘Operation Vande Bharat’.

Some of them say they are separated from their minor children, who are now in dire straits as more than two months have passed. Some others stuck in India are facing innumerable problems and have no idea when they can join their ailing kin.

According to The Hindustan Times NRIs told them that they are more than 4,000 in numbers and have approached many without results. Around 2000 of these are from the Middle-Eastern countries, around 1000 from Europe and approximately 800 from the US. They have created WhatsApp and Telegram groups to stay in touch with each other and air their grievances.

“I came here for my mother’s cancer operation. I have a one- and- a-half-year breastfeeding child left with my husband in Qatar and I knocked on many doors to help me get back. My husband’s job is also in danger now,” said another woman from Kochi who did not wish to be named.

At least 50 per cent of the stranded NRIs had come to see their ailing relatives and they want the government to hear their woes before it’s too late.

Another woman came to Kolkotta to attend her father’s funeral service after leaving her two minor kids with her husband. “Initially I thought it will be there for a few weeks. But there is no sign of any resumption of flights. I am really worried,” she said.

Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan said the government was aware of their plight. “Many such cases came to our attention. We don’t have any problem in sending them back but the host country will have to allow flight services. Most of these countries have suspended international flights and are allowing only special ones. Once they begin service, they can go on the first flight. If their visas expire, we will help them in getting extension,” he said adding they will have to wait for some more time.

The government specified rules allow Indian nationals with at least a one-year-long visa to book flights for foreign destinations being serviced by Operation Vande Bharat Mission. It also allows Green Card and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cardholders to travel. In case of deaths and medical emergencies, Indian nationals holding six months visa can also be allowed to travel provided the conditions imposed for entry of people by the destination countries are met.

On the other hand, NRIs residing/working in the US but stranded in India are stressed about President Donald Trump’s uncertainty surrounding the revised rules for H1-B visas. “Lots of NRIs are stuck in India away from families, on the verge of losing jobs, visa expirations, with a financial crisis about to take over us. If we can’t go back to the US our life will be mere chaos. Please help us,” Aravind Bijjala told Republic World.com

In a petition on Change.org, called ‘Start International Flights in India’, the NRIs have expressed their distress asking the government to resume outbound flights, so that they can fly out of India to their respective destinations. Most of them argue that outbound flights do not pose a health concern. The petition has received over 8000 signatures to date.

The current H-1B visa rules require certain professionals, along with their family members, to leave the United States within 60 days of job loss. Since the NRIs stranded here cannot report to work, many have been threatened to be laid-off, something that could result in them losing everything that they have worked for over decades.

“Most of us are on work visas. Our stay in the US is directly tied to our employment. If say someone gets laid off or terminated while they are in India, they won’t be able to return. Which means they can’t go back to their families, their homes…Nothing at all,” said Shashank Ashtikar, a Silicon Valley techie who is stranded in India.

Being the worst-hit country during the pandemic the US faces a major recession and life does not seem brighter for the NRIs even in a post-pandemic world. In this situation, it is extremely imperative for them to make it back on time and hold on to whatever is left for them back in the states, to safeguard themselves from being laid off.

Along with repeated attempts of reaching out to the Centre and the MEA, the NRIs have also started an online petition to try and gain more attention to their problem. “I am a daughter who has lost her mother and a mother who can’t be with her minor kids.” This was the first thing that Poorva Dixit Talathi said while describing what she was going through. During the days India has been under lockdown, Poorva has not only lost her mother but has also had no time to grieve.

“I travelled to Mumbai on an emergency to take care of my ailing Mother. My kids aged 5yrs and 3 yrs stayed back with my husband in California. Unfortunately, my mom lost her battle to life on March 24. By then everything was under lockdown in India. Performing her rituals was a huge battle in itself. Younger one barely understands why mom is not coming back,” said Poorva. “I have already lost my mom and being away from my kids is killing me daily. Haven’t been able to grieve for my mother’s demise as I am busy finding ways to go back to the US,” she added.

Rashmi, another NRI stranded in India revealed that she flew in to the country to perform her mother’s last rites, leaving back home her 8-year-old son who is autistic. “I came to India because my mom passed away suddenly. I am stuck here now and I need to go back home to my family and especially my 8-year-old autistic son who really needs me.”

The NRIs have only one request from the Government– to start outbound flights. If not, send them back on the empty flights being sent to evacuate Indian citizens from the US.

While the US and the Middle Eastern countries are interested in allowing expats leave their country, NRIs who are stranded in India, continue to reach out for help urging the Center to let them go back to their second home in the planes that are flying out empty from Indian soil.

Source: The Hindustan Times | Republic World.com | Picture courtesy: Republic World.com



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