COVID-19: India operates 2 flights from Oman Tuesday, as Phase 3 of Vande Bharat mission ends

Merge 104.8  |  30 June 2020

The Indian Embassy in Oman has confirmed that the final two flights under Phase 3 of the Republic’s Vande Bharat mission to repatriate its stranded nationals abroad will depart Muscat International Airport this afternoon [Tuesday, June 30].

Cover photo credit: Indian Embassy in Oman

In a statement issued online, the Embassy said that check-in for Air India Express flight IX 1818 to Mangalore, and IX 1714 to Kannur was already underway.

As of today, a total of 55 Vande Bharat mission flights have been carried out from Oman, with a flight carrying 180 passengers to Chennai, and another carrying 179 passengers to Kochi also taking off from Muscat yesterday [Monday, June 29.]

Phase 4 of the mission is set to begin from tomorrow with 16 new flights scheduled to leave the Sultanate between July 1-13 as per the roster below:

The Embassy has advised those passengers wishing to travel on the newly-scheduled flights to fill out a new registration form on their website.

As before, the Indian Embassy has confirmed that passenger lists for all repatriation flights will be finalized by the Embassy, and those short-listed to fly will be contacted directly by their representatives.

Priority for travel will be given to those with medical emergencies, pregnant women and the elderly, workers in distress, and “other Indian nationals who are stranded in difficult situations.”

The Embassy has reiterated: “The cost of tickets will have to be borne by the passengers themselves and air tickets will be issued by the airline only to short-listed persons. All passengers are required to confirm acceptance of all conditions of travel, including quarantine requirements in India, as well as health requirements in order to board the flight.”

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