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Vande Bharat Mission: Registration of Indian nationals & OCI Cardholders stranded in Albania, Moldova, Romania

Posted on: May 05, 2020 | Back | Print

Important Information

1) INDIAN NATIONALS: The Government of India is facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad, in a phased manner, on the compelling grounds, namely, (i) Deportation by foreign governments; (ii) Migrant workers/Labourers who have been laid off; (iii) Short-Term Visa holders faced with expiry of visas; (iv) Medical emergency/seeking treatment for terminal illness; (v) Pregnant Women/Elderly; (vi) Death of a family member in India; (vii) Stranded visitors; (viii) Students, if their educational institutes/hostels are closed.

2) FOREIGN NATIONALS: Following categories of foreign nationals are allowed to enter into India: 

(A) OCI Cardholders: (can travel on the strenght of the OCI card)

(i) Minor children who hold OCI cards & whose parents are Indian nationals.

(ii) OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like critical medical conditions of immediate family members or death.

(iii) Married couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national.

(iv) Students who are OCI cardholders where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI cardholder.

(B) Other foreign nationals: 

(i) Foreign businessmen coming to India on a Business Visa [other than on B-3 Visa for sports] in non-scheduled commercial/chartered flights.

(ii) Foreign Healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories. This is subject to a letter of invitation from a recognized and registered healthcare facility, registered pharmaceutical company or accredited University in India.

(iii) Foreign Engineering, Managerial, Design or other Specialists travelling to India on behalf of foreign business entities located in India. This includes all manufacturing units, design units, software and IT units as well as financial sector companies (banking and non-banking financial sector firms).

(iv) Foreign Technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and equipment facilities in India, on the invitation of a registered Indian business entity. These could be for equipment installation, or is under warranty, or for after sales servicing or repair on commercial terms.

(v) Foreign nationals who are minor children where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI cardholder.

(vi) Foreign nationals married to Indian citizens.

(vii) Foreign nationals who are single parents of minor children holding Indian passports or OCI cards.

(viii) Students who are foreign nationals where at least one of their parents is an Indian citizen or an OCI cardholder.

(ix) Dependent family members of foreign diplomats and official/service passport holding service staff accredited to foreign diplomatic missions, consular offices or accredited international organizations in India.

(x) Foreign nationals who are persons of Indian origin, who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like critical medical conditions of immediate family members or death. For this purpose, the person of Indian origin means someone who or any of whose parents had held an Indian passport or such parent(s) is/are or had been a citizen of Indian earlier.

(xi) Foreign nationals stranded in the close neighbouring countries and seeking to exit to their destination country through India.

(xii) Foreign nationals coming on Medical grounds for treatment in India (including one attendant, if so requested).

(xiii) Foreign nationals coming to India on any sub-categories of Employment Visa alongwith their dependents holding Dependent Visa. 

Note: Foreign nationals covered in above sub-categories (other than those who are already holding valid visas of Diplomatic, Official, UN/International Organizations, Employment, Project categories) shall have to obtain a fresh visa of appropriate category from the Indian Missions/Posts abroad. Foreign nationals holding a valid long term multiple entry visa of appropriate category issued by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad shall also have to get a fresh visa from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.

3) Special flights from France and Germany: India has signed "travel bubbles" agreements with France and Germany, thereby, allowing limited number of flights operating between the two countries (India & France, and India & Germany) in a speacified time period. All stranded Indian nationals and eligible foreign nationals may travel to India either from France or Germany.

FRANCE: Air India and Air France are operating flights from/to India. Intended passengers may REGISTER with the Embassy of india, Paris. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / Air France. 

GERMANY: Air India is operating flights from/to India. Lufthansa is operating flights from India to Germany. Intended passengers may REGISTER with the Embassy of India, Berlin. For flights details and purchase of tickets, kindly visit website of Air India / Lufthansa.   

4) Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the Health Protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Aarogya Setu app. Everyone would be medically screened. After scrutiny, they would be quarantined for 14 days (7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days isolation at home with self monitoring of health).

Revised Guidelines for International Arrivals w.e.f. 08.08.2020

Standard Operating Protocol dated 24.05.2020

Standard Operating Protocol dated 05.05.2020