A special Air India flight will depart on 29 May from Colombo to Mumbai as part of the Indian Government’s ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ which has been undertaken to evacuate stranded Indian nationals across the world to India.
Based on the registrations received by the High Commission of India, a passenger manifest will be prepared for this flight and priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers/labourers who have been laid off, short term visa holders faced with expiry of visa, people with medical emergency/ pregnant women/elderly, those required to return to India due to death of family member, and students as stated in the Standard Operating Procedure issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, for movement of Stranded Indian Nationals issued on 5 May, 2020.
As the High Commission of India, Colombo has received a large number of repatriation requests from Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka, only some of the registered people would be accommodated on this flight that has been scheduled, the HC said in a press release.
It added that short-listed passengers for this flight will be informed through email by the High Commission of India.
Passengers are required to bear the cost of travel by this flight as well as for mandatory quarantine facilities on arrival in India.
Information regarding this flight will be updated on the High Commission of India website while information regarding quarantine facilities and Standard operating Procedure followed by respective States/UT Governments is available on the High Commission website.
Those stranded Indian nationals who have not yet registered with the High Commission can do so on the following link :-