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Repatriation of Indian nationals from Australia: Vande Bharat Mission

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As part of the historic Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian nationals stranded abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic, the High Commission of India, Canberra is pleased to announce the following special Air India flights from Australia to various cities in India from 17th to 24th June 2020.

special Air India flights from Australia to various cities in India from 17th to 24th June 2020
special Air India flights from Australia to various cities in India from 17th to 24th June 2020

Passengers from all states are now allowed on Delhi flights. However, all the passengers in Delhi bound flights including those from other States would need to mandatorily handover a signed undertaking on the following, before boarding the flight.:
i. They agree to be quarantined in one of the facilities in Delhi, Delhi NCR or Haryana; or Bhiwadi or Chandigarh
ii. They will pay for their quarantine during the mandatory period of 14 days (Revised now to 7 days of paid
institutional quarantine and 7 days of home quarantine as per the new guidelines);
iii. They will not insist on returning to their state of domicile, (if quarantined in Delhi) before completing the
mandatory period of quarantine;
iv. After the quarantine period is over, they will return to their states of domicile, either by making their own
arrangements or through the arrangements facilitated by the Resident Commissioner/ nodal Officer of the
concerned State.

The cost of travel from Australia to the end destination in India is to be borne by the passenger. The High Commission / Consulates will intimate by email the shortlisted passengers for the above flights. The details of the shortlisted passengers will also be shared with the Air India office, which will contact them regarding the booking of tickets. Refund / adjustments and related issues, if any, for previously booked Air India tickets would need to be taken up directly with Air India.

The number of seats on the flights are limited. Passengers with the most compelling cases would be considered on priority. If the shortlisted passenger fails to purchase the ticket within the stipulated time given by Air India, his/her seat will be allotted to the next waitlisted passenger.

All passengers will be required to under go medical screening at the time of boarding the flight and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel.

All passengers will be compulsorily required to handover a signed Undertaking cum Indemnity Bond (Download Undertaking Form), before boarding the flight.

All passengers on arrival in India will be medically screened and would have to download and register on Arogya Setu app.

All passengers will need to under go a 14-days (7+7) mandatory quarantine on arrival in India in quarantine facilities as per the protocols framed by Government of India. In addition, if needed, COVID test may be required to be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to applicable health protocols.

All passengers will need to follow the protocols and procedures including Health Protocols issued by the Government of the Australia on departure and by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Civil Aviation and other concerned authorities of Government of India before, during the journey and after arrival in India.

It is also advised to check the official website of the domicile state / final destination in India for additional COVID registration / compliance requirements.

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