At the Dubai International Airport.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – Around 14,000 Indians in the UAE will fly home this week in the third phase of repatriation efforts.
India has arranged 81 special flights from the UAE, with the first flight to leave for New Delhi from Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (May 26).
The repatriation will run for two weeks from May 26 to June 8.
According to the Indian Embassy, some 350,000 Indian expatriates applied for help to return home. There are 3.4 million Indians in the UAE.
India has opened its airport to special repatriation flights, but international and domestic flights have been suspended since March 24.
So far around 6,000 Indians have been repatriated from the UAE since repatriation efforts began on May 7.
Passengers on the repatriation flights will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period in hotels. The cost of the ticket and quarantine are paid for by passengers.
Vipul said many have also had second thoughts, with less than a third typically accepting their places on repatriation planes out of the UAE.
Meanwhile, the Indian Consulate in Dubai warned Indians against scammers offering bogus charter flights to India.
Consulate officials said scammers have been targeting people who want to return home and asking them to pay in advance for the ticket and the cost of quarantine.
Officials said that so far no chartered flight has been approved by the Indian government.
“Consulate General of India in Dubai would like to advise all the Indian nationals living in UAE that the government of India has yet not accorded approval for any such chartered flights as of now,” said a statement by the consulate.
“A proposal of chartered flight to India, if any, for any designated purpose, will be approved by the government of India and routed through Consulate General of India, Dubai during the current crisis of Covid-19 and till resumption of normal international civil aviation services between India and UAE.” ICA/Expat Media
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