Indian Government has planned to bring back Indian people from foreign, in 1st phase of Vande Bharat Mission, the government bring back approx 15,000 Indians via Air India and its subsidiary Air India express, 64 flights from May 7 to 14th from 12 countries. For this journey passenger are paying the whole expenses.
In second phase of Vande Bharat mission, the government is planning to operate 149 flights from 31 countries from May 16 to 22th, to bring back home from abroad amid the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
The scope of the second phase Vande Bharat mission is much larger than the first phase.
In the second phase, the people will be bring back from the several European countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and South-east Asian countries such as Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand aside from Russia and Central asian nations like Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Tajikistan and Belarus. Several other countries is also in the schedule like Canada, Australia, Japan, Armenia, Nepal and Nigeria.
The first phase flights to destinations from UAE, USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bangladesh will continue.
There may be some changes in rules for outbound travellers as per sources.
As per indian embassies, there are about 1.4 crore Indians overseas, at present. So far, about 3 lakh Indians have registered from the Gulf region alone, but sources said Indian embassies will ascertain those who have “compelling reasons” to return.