The Indian government has finally decided to bring back Indian citizens stranded abroad, starting from May 7. However, there are some riders.

The government, in a statement, said that only Indians who have “compelling grounds” to return would be facilitated in a phased manner.

The travel will be arranged by aircraft and naval ships.

It said, “Indian Embassies and High Commissions are preparing a list of distressed Indian citizens. This facility would be made available on payment basis. Non-scheduled commercial flights would be arranged for air travel.”

The statement further said, “Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel.”

On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Aarogya Setu app. After scrutiny, they would be quarantined for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on payment-basis, by the concerned State government. COVID test would be done after 14 days, and further action would be taken according to health protocols.

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