As a part of the 'Vande Bharat' Mission, the Air India evacuation flight from Manila, the Philippines carrying 1387 passengers landed in Mumbai on Monday morning. Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar thanked Air India and aviation Ministry for their support and co-operation for a successful evacuation process.
Air India flight 1387 carrying Indians from Manila,Phillipines hs arrived in Mumbai.⁰— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 10, 2020
Thank @airindiain, @MoCA_GoI, Bureau of Immigration& Maharashtra Govt fr support& cooperation.
Commend Amb @JaideepMazumda2 & his Team @indembmanila fr the sterling effort#VandeBharatMission
In a major relief for Indians stranded abroad amid the Coronavirus lockdown, the Centre had announced that their travel will be arranged via aircraft and naval ships in a phased manner. The mission that started on May 7, will go on for 7 days and will rescue stranded Indians from over 11 countries in 64 Air India flights carrying over 14,800 people. The flights will take off for 12 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Maldives, Singapore, and the US.
The Ministry of Home Affairs also issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the movement of the returnees. According to the SOP, those wishing to return to India must register themselves with the Indian Missions in the country where they are stranded, along with necessary details as prescribed by the Ministry of External Affairs. They will have to travel to India by non-scheduled commercial flights that'll be arranged by the Civil Aviation Ministry (MoCA) and naval ships to be arranged by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA). Only those crew/staff, who have tested negative for COVID-19, will be allowed to operate the flight/ship.
As per the MHA, priority will be given to compelling cases in distress including migrant workers/labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders faced with the expiry of visa, persons with medical emergencies/ pregnant women/ elderly, those required to return to India due to death of family member and students. The cost of travel, as specified by the MoCA and DMA will be borne by such travellers.
Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that six flights from Doha, London, Singapore, Riyadh, Kuwait, and Kuala Lumpur were flown back to India on Sunday.
Untiring efforts of @airindiain AirIndia Express, @MEAIndia & our missions keep Mission Vande Bharat flying high.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 10, 2020
Today, 1239 Indians were flown back on 6 flights from Doha, London, Singapore, Riyadh, Kuwait & Kuala Lumpur.
More flights are on the way.@MoCA_GoI @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/dUq7dMovtL