To facilitate the return of stranded Indian nationals in Oman, the Government of India has decided to operate eight more special flights to India between May 17-23 as part of the second phase of its Vande Bharat Mission.
According to a statement by Embassy of India in Oman, the flights will depart from Muscat to Trivandrum on May 17, Hyderabad on May 18, Bangalore on May 20, Delhi on May 21, Kannur on May 22, and one each to Kochi and Gaya on May 23. One flight will also leave from Salalah to Calicut on May 20.
‘As in the case of the two flights of Phase 1, on 9 May (Kochi) and 12 May (Chennai), the passenger lists for all these eights flights will also be finalised by the embassy on the basis of information received by the embassy through the form which was disseminated on its website and social media,’ an embassy statement said.
Priority will be given to medical emergency cases, pregnant women, workers in distress, senior citizens as well as other Indian nationals who are stranded in difficult situations. The embassy will be contacting the short-listed people for each flight directly through email/telephone.
The cost of tickets will have to be borne by the passengers themselves and air tickets will be issued by the airline to short listed persons. All passengers are required to confirm acceptance of all conditions of travel, including quarantine requirements in India as well as health requirements in order to board the flight.
The embassy will make further announcements relating to additional flights to India as and when these are scheduled, the statement said, adding, ‘Since there are large number of requests which have been received by the embassy, it would not be possible to accommodate all requests immediately. We seek patience and cooperation from all.’
In view of the social distancing norms prescribed by Government of Oman to contain the spread of COVID-19, visits to the embassy without appointment may be avoided .
(For any queries, Indians have been asked to contact the embassy helpline numbers: 24695981 or 80071234 (toll free) and WhatsApp 93577979 or email: [email protected])