When the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) announced repatriation flights to bring people back to India, it was unclear whether people would be allowed to fly out of India on the aircraft that would bring stranded Indians back.
Yesterday, after a notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Air India began taking bookings for flights to the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore.
To travel on these flights, the MHA has notified eligibility criteria including:
- Only those people will be allowed to fly to the destination countries who are citizens of that country or who hold a visa of at least one-year duration of that country, and Green Card or OCI holders.
- Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel.
Further to this passengers will have to submit undertakings that they will bear the entire cost of quarantine and for deportation charges including penalties, return airfare and quarantine in case they are not allowed to enter the destination country on arrival.
To book tickets on these flights, you have to make a reservation from the Air India website.
Booking connecting flights from Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc?
I have got messages from a number of readers, asking how they can book connections for flights that are going to the US from Mumbai and Delhi.
Unfortunately, the website is only allowing passengers to book direct flights. Which leaves passengers outside Mumbai and Delhi wanting to travel to the US stuck. Also, none of the call centre numbers on the bottom of the booking page appears to be working.
We will update this section once any new information is available.