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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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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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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List of repatriation flights to India from Doha for the ongoing Phase-2: 9th to 19th June 2020

List of repatriation flights to India from Doha for the ongoing Phase-2: 09-June to 19-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 from 9th June to 19th June 2020. Flights from Doha to Mumbai, Delhi, Trichy, Lucknow, Madurai, Kannur, Kochi, Trivandrum and Kozhikode are scheduled between 09th June to 17th 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 4th of June 2020, 19 flights from Doha has left to India carrying 3155 passengers from Qatar, plus  87 infants.

The third phase of Vande Bharat Mission is set to commence by mid of June and will be carried out until 30th of June 2020. So far under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) repatriation process which started on 7th of May 2020, 213 flights has brought back around 50000 stranded Indians.

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

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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


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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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