MHA issues travel SOPs for stranded Indians outside the country
NATIONAL | MAY 05, 2020:
A day after the government announced a comprehensive plan to bring back Indians stranded abroad in a phased manner from May 7, the Home Ministry today issued Standard Operating Protocols for movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country, as well as, for those persons stranded in India who wish to travel abroad for urgent reasons.
As per the SOPs, the priority will be given for travel from abroad to compelling cases in distress, including migrant workers who have been laid off.
People faced with expiry of short term visas, those with medical emergency, pregnant women and elderly will also be given priority.
If they test negative after 14 days, they will be allowed to go home and will undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 more days as per protocol.
The SOPs for persons stranded in India who are desirous to travel abroad for urgent reasons say that they will have to go to thermal screening and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flights.
They will also have to follow the health protocols. The cost of travel will be borne by travellers.