The Ministry of Home Affairs has released a set of standard operating procedures for inbound and outbound flights.

Key points:

  • The operating procedures are in accordance with the “Vande Bharat” mission to bring stranded Indian nationals home and “Air Transport Bubble” arrangements to enable limited commercial passenger services on a reciprocal basis.
  • For inbound flights, those who wish to travel to India on Vande Bharat flights will need to register themselves with the Indian missions in the countries where they are currently located or where they are residing.
  • This registration process may not be required on flights operating under Air Transport Bubble arrangements. Priority will be given to compelling cases of distress, including migrant workers who have been laid off, short-term visa holders faced with visa expiry, persons with medical emergencies, pregnant women, elderly persons, students, or those who need to return to India due to the death of a family member. More information can be found here.
  • For outbound flights, persons who are eligible to travel will need to apply to the Ministry of Civil Aviation or an agency/agencies designated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation for this purpose.

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