In addition to the above-mentioned cases, there are other Indian nationals who need to travel to India in the event of a medical emergency or the death of a family member. In order to facilitate the free movement of such Indian nationals, it is established: i. These people register with the Indian missions in the country where they are stranded, along with the necessary details, as required by MEA. ii. they will fly to India on unsused commercial flights, as permitted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA); and vessels authorized by the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) / Ministry of Shipping (MOS). Only crews and personnel tested negative for COVID-19 are allowed to perform these flights/vessels. Iii. Priority is given to emergencies, including laid-off migrant workers, holders of short-term visas who pass before, people suffering from medical emergencies/pregnant women/elderly people, people who have to return to India following the death of a family member and students. iv. Travel expenses, as indicated by the carrier, shall be borne by such travellers.
v. Based on the records received, MEA creates a flight/boat database of all such travelers, including details such as name, age, gender, mobile phone number, place of residence, final destination; and information about the rt-PCR test and its result. This database is previously shared by MEA with the State/UT concerned. vi. MEA shall designate state/UT Wise Nodal Officers who shall coordinate with the Nodal Officers designated for this purpose by the States/UTs concerned. Vii. MEA indicates, with a delay of at least two days, the plan (day, place and time of arrival) of the flight/ship arriving on its online digital platform. viii.
All travellers are also required to undertake to make the journey at their own risk. ix. Passengers crossing land borders must also follow the same protocol as above and only those who are asymptomatic may cross the border with India. x. The guidelines for international arrivals, including quarantine rules, of 24 May 2020, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) are respected. Empty MHA Order No 40-3/2020-DM-I (A) of 24 May 2020 B. Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the movement of stranded persons in India who wish to travel abroad In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, passengers have been banned from travelling internationally in accordance with MHA injunctions related to lockdown operations. According to the available information, many people are stranded in India who want to urgently travel abroad for various purposes.. . . .