Vande Bharat Mission: Over 29 Lakh Indians Returned From Abroad


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said that over 29 lakh stranded persons have been repatriated and their international travel needs have been facilitated under the Vande Bharat Mission so far.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Puri shared data that showed that on November 4 (Wednesday) itself 5,362 Indians returned from various locations such as Sharjah, London, Frankfurt, among others.

He further hailed the joint effort by the Ministry of External Affairs, Air India, Air India Express and private carriers from the country for making it possible.

“We reached out to our citizens in an hour of need through VBM. Facilitated repatriation and international travel of more than 29.23 lakh stranded people. The mission continues ahead. Great team effort by MEA, MoCA, Air India, Air India Express and private Indian carriers,” Aviation Minister’s tweet read.


The seventh phase of the mission had been initiated on 29th Oct 2020 and will continue till 30th November 2020.

Under Phase 7 of VBM, National carrier Air India will operate repatriation flights between India and Addis Ababa, Adelaide, Cairo, Colombo, Kuwait, Muscat, Nairobi, Rangoon, Rome, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sydney, and Wuhan.

Apart from VBM flights, Indian national can now travel to 21 countries namely, Afghanistan, Bhutan, the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Netherlands, Canada, Iraq, Kenya, Oman and Ukraine under the air bubble arrangements.


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