Muscat: The first flight from Oman to India will depart from Muscat to Kochi on May 9 as part of its mission to repatriate Indian nationals trapped abroad due to the spread of COVID.
The first Air India flight will accommodate 250 passengers, sources close to the Indian Embassy in Oman said.
Passengers are selected based on the priority list. The priority list includes the elderly, the pregnant, the sick, the deprived; the visa has expired, and so on. Starting May 7, more than 1,90,000 people will have the opportunity to travel to the Gulf region. Accordingly, the airline will operate flights from India to Kerala 15, Tamil Nadu 11, Delhi 11, Maharashtra 7, Telangana 7 Gujarat 5, Karnataka 3 Jammu and Kashmir 3 Punjab 1 Uttar Pradesh 1.
This is the most comforting news for the expatriate community who are in distress due to COVID. There was little effort on the part of India when many other countries returned their citizens to their land. Various organizations have called for the free repatriation of expatriates who have been the economic backbone of the country.
All expatriates traveling on the Indian government’s health insurance app developed to warn about the COVID crisis and its alerts should be registered. Besides, 14 days after the medical examination, the quarantine will be subject to quarantine at the hospital or the institutions designated by the state governments.