Indian embassy in China asks stranded nationals to approach it to return home

Indian embassy in China asks stranded nationals to approach it to return home

The Indian embassy here on Wednesday asked all Indian nationals stranded in China due to the coronavirus travel restrictions to get in touch with it if they wish to return home but made it clear that priority will be given to people in distress, including migrant workers, elderly, pregnant women and students.

On Monday, the Indian government announced plans to begin phased repatriation of its citizens stranded abroad from May 7.

Air India will operate 64 flights from May 7 to May 13 to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

“It has been decided by the Government of India to facilitate the return of Indian nationals stranded outside the country to India in a phased manner,” a notice on the embassy’s website said.

The cost of this travel will be borne by respective travellers and priority will be given to compelling cases in distress including migrant workers/labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders whose visa has expired, persons with medical emergency/pregnant women/elderly, students and those required to return to India due to death of a family member, it said.

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