Foreign missions start flying out stranded citizens on special flights

Updated: March 26, 20204:06:04 pm

Foreign missions start flying out stranded citizens on special flightsWith India on a 21-day lockdown, overseas embassies are chalking out plans to evacuate their stranded citizens, largely vacationers. (Express File Photo)

WITH INDIA on a 21-day lockdownoverseas embassies are chalking out plans to evacuate their stranded citizens, largely vacationers. While some have already begun evacuation, others are working on it.

Sources advised that 10-12 nationstogether with Germany, France, the US, UK, Canada, Israel, Russia, and Afghanistan, have sought permission to evacuate their citizens. About 6,000-10,000 overseas nationals are anticipated to be evacuated on special flights, as all worldwide flights have been canceled.

About 1,000 Germans are being evacuated Wednesday and Thursday; Russia despatched again about 400 of its nationals Wednesday.

The French Embassy is planning to evacuate about 2,000 vacationers within the subsequent few days. The US and UK are additionally working on comparable plans for his or her nationals.

The Israeli Embassy helped a few of its citizens go away from Goa and Mumbai not too long ago. It is planning three extra flights — two from Delhi and one from Mumbai

A German embassy spokesperson advised The Indian Express that about 500 German vacationers will take a special flight (A380) again to Germany on Wednesday eveningwhereas one other 500 can be flown again on Thursday evening.

A French diplomatic supply stated: “We are also in talks with the Indian government to have special flights operated via Air France. We are working out the necessary approvals. The tourists want to go back to their homes. We are getting about 500 calls per day from French nationals stuck here.”

Sources stated about 11,500 French nationals are at present in India. The mission’s core workforce is working out of the embassy, whereas the remainder of the workers are working from residence. “Only one staff member has gone back as she was having some ailments and wanted to return home,” stated the supply.

The US Embassy put out a well being alert and stated that the US Mission in India continues to work with the US Department of State and airline corporations to rearrange flights from India.

“Once these flights are arranged, we will work with the Indian government to arrange, to the greatest extent possible, safe passage to airports for US citizens. We know there is great interest from US citizens in obtaining assistance to depart India, and we are working to support necessary arrangements,” it stated.

A British High Commission spokesperson stated: “We recognize that British vacationers overseastogether with within India, are discovering it troublesome to return to the UK due to the unprecedented worldwide journey and home restrictions which might be being launched all over the world — usually with little discover.

We are working across the clock to help British travelers on this scenario. Our workers are supporting these with pressing want whereas offering journey recommendation and help to these nonetheless in India”.

“We are also collecting information on British nationals currently in India to help understand how best to support them and to advise them when commercial flights to the UK become available. British nationals who wish to urgently return to the UK should email [email protected] with personal details,” the spokesperson stated.

“If we learn any new info re-availability of intl & domestic flights & how to navigate travel to the airport for scheduled flights we’ll share it here & via ROCA,” the Canadian High Commission tweeted because it requested its nationals to ship their particulars to [email protected]worldwide.gc.ca.

“Following vigorous follow-ups, the proposal of evacuating all stranded Afghan citizens in India is likely to be approved by the Indian Govt starting tomorrow. We ask our stranded fellow Afghans to contact KamAir for their flight details,” Afghan envoy Tahir Qadiry tweeted.