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Embassies prepare to bring stranded Indians back home

30 Apr 2020 by Anithya Balachandran
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While the government is preparing a strategic plan to bring back stranded Indians post May 3, Indian embassies and high commissions worldwide have started taking registrations of OCIs (Overseas Citizen of India), NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) and students among others who wish to return to their homeland.

UAE: The Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of India, Dubai together have issued a public notice for collection of data of Indians in the UAE who wish to travel to India under the current pandemic situation. The details can be registered through indembassyuae.gov.in and cgidubai.gov.in or directly at cgidubai.gov.in/covid_register/

Consulate General of India, Dubai tweeted:

New Zealand: The Indian High Commission to New Zealand has also created a platform to gather information on stranded Indians in the sovereign island country, southwestern Pacific Ocean. Either one can register here or submit the data on hciwellington.gov.in 

USA: As reported by Press Trust of India, the Indian Embassy in the US has started to contact Indian nationals who wish to return once restrictions on international travel are lifted. Those interested to travel back can register here. However, no travel dates have been announced yet.

Qatar: The Indian Embassy in Qatar is collating data about people requesting repatriation to India. Follow this link to register. “At this stage, the purpose is only to compile information. No decision or details yet on the resumption of flights to India,” the embassy said in an official tweet.

Thailand: Embassy of India, Bangkok, Thailand said in an official statement, “OCI cardholders wanting to travel to India for compelling reasons may register with Embassy of India, Bangkok at the link given below. The embassy will keep you informed of the latest developments regarding the resumption of flights and procedures.” Indians stranded in Thailand need to register on embassyofindiabangkok.gov.in/stranded_indian.php

United Kingdom: Indian citizens stranded in the UK have to register themselves with the High Commission of India, London by filling this google sheet or through hcilondon.gov.in

France: Since France has closed its borders for incoming passengers from non-EU countries until May 11, no commercial flight would be allowed to take passengers from France to India. Therefore, Indian nationals in France can get information on their tenure and visa extension in the following document.

Note: Stranded nationals belonging to Maharashtra need to fill the below-given document.

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