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Vande Bharat Mission helped 10.5 lakh stranded Indians to return: MEA

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on August 14, 2020

Indian residents who arrived from New York on a Vande Bharat Mission flight (file photo)   -  THE HINDU

`Travel bubble’ arrangement with the UK to start from September 1

A total of about 10.5 lakh stranded Indians have returned to the country through various modes under the Vande Bharat Mission till date, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said.

Flights that have been added for repatriation are from Armenia, Bangladesh, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Ukraine, while flights from GCC countries and South East Asia have been further augmented based on a continuous assessment of demand received from our Missions and Posts, said Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson, MEA, in a briefing on Friday.

Under the on-going phase 5 of the Vande Bharat Mission, from August 1-12, as many as 300 international flights and 70 domestic feeders have been operated reaching 22 airports across India. Around 500 international flights are scheduled to be operated this month, the MEA said..

In addition to the bilateral ‘travel bubble’ arrangement with the US, Germany and France which are operational, an arrangement with the UK is scheduled to start from September 1 2020. “Similar arrangements with others including our neighbouring countries are expected soon. Yesterday (Thursday) we announced a travel bubble arrangement with Maldives,” said Srivastava.

Published on August 14, 2020

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