The Indian government is in talks with various stakeholders to evacuate expatriates from across the world including the Gulf after the end of the lockdown on May 3.
Speaking to Muscat Daily from New Delhi, a source in the Indian government said, “We are in talks with state governments, Indian missions abroad, ministries and airlines. It will happen only once the nationwide lockdown is over.”
In Oman too, many Indian expatriates who have lost their jobs, reached end of service, resigned and others who want to go for medical treatment or family emergency at the earliest.
Many expatriates have tweeted on Indian Embassy in Muscat’s official account expressing their desire to return.
On April 23, Ashish, an expatriate wrote, “I lost my job on March 25 and was to join new job in India from April 1. No clarity on repatriation. My money is almost finished and waiting every day with hope to get any revert on dates from the embassy. Please help for proper dates on flights.”
On April 22, Ajay Krishnan, another Indian wrote, “I came to Muscat for company work. I was supposed to leave for India last month end. Please tell me what I have to do to return if you start special flights.”
An Air India official said, “We are discussing various scenarios on how to go about it.”
The Indian Embassy in Muscat has said that those who want to return must register on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5f6iMNMfovllq_6q0BRao8MAXKzcnzCfCnWc9ZVLtvBLfKA/viewform