Are you stranded in Australia?
As both Australia and India battles COVID-19, it can be very stressful and confusing to many international students and temporary visa holders in Australia.
In a recent update by the Ministry of Home Affairs India. As many Indians who travelled to different countries before the lockdown, on various purposes such as employment, studies, internship, tourism, business, etc., are stranded abroad. A Standard Operation Protocol (SOP) is laid down to help desirous return back to India.
This SOP Includes:
- Such a person will register themselves with the Indian Embassy in the country where they are Stranded.
- They will travel to India by non-scheduled Commercial flights to be arranged by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA), and naval ships organised by Department of Military Affairs.
- Priority will be given to compelling cases in distress, laid-off workers, short term visa holders faced with visa expiration, medical emergencies, returning due to death of family members and students.
- Such travellers will bear the cost of travel.
- Based on the registration received, Ministry of External Affairs MEA will prepare flights/ship wise details of all such travellers, and it will be shared with the respective state/UT in advance.
- MEA will display with at least two days’ notice, the schedule (day, place and time of arrival) of the incoming flight or ship, on their online digital platforms
- Before boarding, all the travellers shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days on arrival in India, at their own cost and making the journey at their own risk.
- All the passenger should undergo thermal screening before boarding, and only asymptomatic travellers would be allowed to board.
- All health protocols should be followed while onboard the flight/ship.
- On arrival, all the passengers have to go through thermal scanning by health officials present at the airport and download Arogya Setu App on their devices.
- The passengers found to be symptomatic during the screening shall be immediately taken to hospital, and other passengers will be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
Registration for stranded Indian nationals in Australia.
The High Commission of India, Canberra, Australia advises everyone to register themselves and submit required details in the following link before 10th May 2020.
High Commission of India stated that the purpose of registration for stranded Indian nationals in Australia only to collect details for planning purposes and no decision has been taken yet regarding the operation of any flights from Australia to India. As and when a decision is taken by the Government of India in this regard, the High Commission will make an announcement on the website and its social media accounts.
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