January 18, 2022

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India decides to bring back 'asymptomatic' Indians stranded abroad

The government of India has made a detailed plan to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.  The central government will start bringing them back from May 7 in a phased manner. 

While the central government has said that  the return of Indian citizens stranded would be arranged by both aircraft and naval ships. This would be one of the biggest airlift operations ever.

India had banned all international flights to India on March 22 to curb COVID-19 spread. The facility will be offered on a “payment basis”.

The government stated in official guidelines say all passengers will be screened before they board,  and only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel.

“On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Aarogya Setu app. Everyone would be medically screened. After scrutiny, they would be quarantined for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on payment-basis.” the government said.  

After the 14-day institutional quarantine, everyone would also have to undergo a Covid-19 test, the state governments have asked to make arrangements for their testing and quarantine facility. 

According to the ministry, Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens.