Posted on March 31, 2020, 12:33 PM IST
A global meltdown due to the coronavirus has resulted in several foreing citizens from the US and European countries being stuck in India. As from Tuesday India has gone into self-quarantine period of 21 days, domestic and international travel has been banned resulting in stranded diplomats and travels.
The US on Wednesday said it was in contact with the Indian government to help find accommodation for American citizens stranded in the country because of the Covid-19 lockdown till the time it can arrange flights to evacuate them.
“The US Mission to India continues to work with @StateDept & airline companies to arrange flights from India to the US for US citizens. Once flights are arranged, we will work with the GoI to arrange to the greatest extent possible safe passage to airports for US citizens,” ambassador Kenneth Juster tweeted.
In a separate tweet, the US embassy said, “We are in contact with the Indian government to emphasize the need for hotels to continue to lodge US citizens during the nationwide curfew.” The US embassy said daily updates will be provided about its repatriation efforts through the “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)” application and asked US citizens to enrol online for the programme.
On Tuesday, French officials said they were working with the Indian government to arrange flights to evacuate about 1,000 French travellers. Israel government is also in constant touch with their Indian counterparts to ensure the safe passage of its citizens.
India has so far evacuated over 150 Japanese nationals via a special flight that flew in from Tokyo. Four other flights flew 500 people to Germany, 120 to Ukraine and 240 to two Baltic nations. Officials said two more special flights to Frankfurt (Germany) and Austria were scheduled from the Delhi airport on Thursday to evacuate 750 people mostly Germans.