VBM: India To Operate Two Additional Flights Between India and China

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To facilitate the travel of Indians stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, India is planning to operate two additional flights between Delhi, India, and Guangzhou, China on 23rd October and 30th October under Phase 7 of the Vande Bharat Mission.

These additional flights will be operating by the Indian flag carrier, Air India in Guangzhou-Delhi Sector on 23rd and 30th October 2020.

Tickets of these flights would be made available on payment basis as per fares to be decided by the airline, an Indian Embassy press release here said on Tuesday.

The flights facilitate the travel of Indians with valid work visas to return to China and take back those Indians wanting to return home.

So far, Air India has operated a total of five flights to/from China under the Vande Bharat Mission. The previous five flights flew to Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Ningbo.

India also operated three special flights to Wuhan to airlift Indians stranded in the city when the virus was at its peak there in February this year.

The journey would be subject to an undertaking to be provided by individual passengers to abide by all protocols framed by the Government of India, which include a mandatory institutional quarantine of 7 days on payment basis and home quarantine of 7 days following arrival in Delhi, the release said.

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Indian nationals and eligible OCI cardholders, who wish to travel on one of these flights, must register at the Embassy/Consulates as per jurisdiction by furnishing detailed information about them.

Those, who had registered earlier for repatriation, but could not travel by previous Vande Bharat flights, are requested to re-register themselves by sending detailed information about them, it said.

For any information/assistance, the Embassy in Beijing and CGI offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou may be contacted by email.

The Indian government has also decided to facilitate persons, who are stranded in India and desirous to travel abroad urgently for various purposes.

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Indian citizen desirous to travel back to mainland China via special flights due to various reasons may like to convey their willingness to Embassy’s email id ([email protected] ), it said.

Those returning to China need to go through 14-day quarantine in officially designated hotels.

(With Inputs From PTI)


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