By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : May 08, 2020 03:39 IST
Indian Citizens stranded abroad to be taken back in phased manner from May 7, Warships sailed out

The Central Government has stated that it will start bringing the citizens stranded abroad back to India in a phased manner from May 7. The citizens stranded abroad would be brought back via Naval ships and Aiplanes, from 7th May onwards, told sources from Government of India. Currently, the list of people stuck in foreign countries are being prepared by the Indian Embassies and High Commissions. The government has stated clearly that citizens are required to pay for their travels, as they would be brought back amid lockdown.

The Government of India said that GoI will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner, after May 7.

Indian Citizens to be taken back from May 7

According to Government sources, Indian Ministry of External Affairs in coordination with embassies has laid down plan to bring back citizens stranded abroad via Naval Ships and Aeroplanes from May 7. Government to start special flights and sea enroutes to bring back Indian Citizens from Gulf countries and other parts of world from Thursday. In Monday report it is also said that before entering the flights , Indian Citizens will be screened and will be allowed to enter only if found asymptomatic of Coronavirus. Once they will reach, they are required to download Arogya Setu app and they have to remain in quarantine for a 14-day period, said a Government official.

Three Navy warships have sailed out to bring back Indian citizens from Maldives and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The warships include INS Jallashwa, INS Magar and INS Shardul. INS Jalashwa sailed from Visakhapatnam a few days ago from the east coast to the west coast. Total 14 warships have been readied for evacuating Indian citizens from Gulf and other countries: Indian Navy officials (2/2)

Covid19 Test to be done before embark

Covid-19 tests will be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols, the statement said. The state governments are being advised to make arrangements, including for testing, quarantine and onward movement of the returning Indians in their respective states, the ministry of External Affairs and Civil Aviation said.

After reaching India, they have to follow certain protocols. They would be quarantined for 14 days, followed by covid -19 test. The further action would be taken after the test. The Union government has asked the state government to make preparations for their arrival including quarantine facilities and for testing.

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Earlier, the government had banned all international flights in the wake of ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown and social distancing norms.  The government has now decided to evacuate the citizens and bring them back to the country for which they have to pay. '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, by the concerned state government, the government said.

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