On March 31, 2020, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, launched Stranded in India – a web portal that helps reach out to foreign nationals who are stuck in India due to the lockdown.
The official release states, “Stranded in India is a portal to disseminate information regarding the services that can be availed by foreign tourists stuck far away from their homeland. The portal aims to act as a support network for foreign tourists stuck in various parts of the country.”
The portal, strandedinindia.com lists Covid-19 helpline numbers or call-centres that the foreign tourists reach out to for help; and covers comprehensive information around the Ministry of External Affairs control centre, along with contact numbers.
Additionally, it gives details on state-based/regional tourism support infrastructure. This unique portal also helps ones in need of further information and connect foreign tourists to concerned authorities.
There is also a section on the web portal where foreign nationals need to fill up an online form stating detailed information on – their last travel destination, the place where they are stranded in the country with their contact details.
Covid-19 Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046 or 1075
WhatsApp Number (Government of India’s – COVID-19 helpdesk: +91 9013151515)
Tourist Helpline: 1363 or 1800 11 1363