ARCHIVED CONTENT FOR TRAVEL INFORMATION

ARCHIVED CONTENT - UPDATED INFORMATION ON CURRENT TRAVEL PAGE

Section II: Phase 1 & 2 of Vande Bharat Mission (Until 10 June 2020)


REGISTRATION (ARCHIVE)

If you are an Indian national who has already filled the Indian Nationals form and submitted your consent, you do not need to fill it again.

If you are OCI card holder, please fill the OCI card holder form even if you have filled the Indian national form before.

  • Selection: Thousands of people have registered and reached out, requesting travel to India on these special flights and all are compelling cases. Based on the genuineness and compelling reason requiring travel to India, the respective Embassy/Consulate will contact you if your case is being considered. Continue to stand-by and be sure to keep a watch for calls and/or e-mails. Please do not send emails or call-in to request for updates as this increases the volume of inquiries.
  • Update to Information: To update previously submitted information or change in circumstances, write one email to the Embassy/Consulate that has jurisdiction over the state you are currently present in.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION (ARCHIVE)

  • Air India operating non-scheduled commercial flights from the U.S. to various cities in India from 9 to 15 May 2020 in the first phase and is operating flights in the second phase from 19 to 29 May 2020. Additional flights have been added to extend this ongoing phase as indicated below.
  • Since the number of seats on the flights would be limited, priority will be given to compelling cases and those Indian nationals and OCI Cardholders registered (Indian nationals: https://indianembassyusa.gov.in/reg_indian_nationals & OCI Cardholders: https://indianembassyusa.gov.in/reg_oci_indian_nationals) with the Embassy/Consulates will be considered:
      • Indian Nationals: With compelling cases such as those facing medical emergencies or requiring return due to bereavement in the family, students, pregnant women, elderly or those facing expiry of visas.
      • Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders:
          1. Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards.
          2. OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like death in family.
          3. Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India.
          4. University students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India.
            • Note: OCI cardholders falling into one of the categories mentioned above will not require any fresh emergency visa.
  • The cost of travel from the designated airport in the USA to the designated airport in India will be borne by the passenger. The Embassy/Consulates will share the details of passengers identified with Air India Offices that will contact them directly regarding booking of tickets and mode of payment. Refund or adjustments, if any, for previously booked tickets may be processed separately with Air India.
  • All passengers will be required to undergo medical screening before boarding the flight and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel.
  • All passengers on arrival in India will be medically screened and would have to download and register on the Arogya Setu app.
  • Before boarding, all passengers shall give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days as stipulated in this Ministry of Home Affairs order dated 24 May 2020.
  • All passengers will have to follow the protocols and procedures including Health Protocols issued by the Government of the USA on departure and by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Civil Aviation and other concerned authorities of Government of India before, during the journey and on arrival in India.


FLIGHT SCHEDULE FOR SECOND PHASE

*As stated through other official channels, please note that this is a dynamic list and may undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims. All visitors are advised to counter-check with Air India for confirmation of the flights, timings, dates, destinations and other details. *One-way fare, where mentioned above, are provided by Air India; and subject to change. Additional fare may be charged for domestic sectors.


INFORMATION FOR VISA / OCI CARD HOLDERS (ARCHIVE)

OCI CARD HOLDER SECTION UPDATED AS ON 23 MAY 2020

The Government of India has decided to also permit following categories of Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders who are stranded abroad including in the US to travel back to India by special flights:

    1. Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards.
    2. OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like death in family.
    3. Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India.
    4. University students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India.

Also, please note:

  • All OCI cardholders who satisfy the above conditions are requested to register themselves at OCI Registration link. Those OCI cardholders who had registered earlier are also required to register online again.
  • The OCI cardholders will not require any fresh emergency visa if they fall into one of the categories mentioned in para 1 above.
  • In view of limited number of seats and large number of registrations, eligible OCI cardholders would be accommodated in the non-scheduled commercial flights on the basis of availability of seats.
  • For more details like undertaking form and what to expect, consult this Press Release.


VISA HOLDERS

The Ministry of Home Affairs has revised its restrictions for foreign nationals. More information on permitted categories can be found in the 1 June 2020 office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs' Foreigners Division.



OTHER USEFUL LINKS (ARCHIVE)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (ARCHIVE)

1) How will passengers get to know whether they are selected for travel?

Selected passengers will be informed by the Embassy/Consulates through email /telephone. Embassy will thereafter share the details of passengers identified or selected with Air India.

2) What is the procedure for booking of air tickets?

The Embassy/Consulates will share the details of passengers selected through an electronic random selection method with Air India Offices that will contact the passengers directly regarding booking of tickets and mode of payment.

3) Will Air India accept my previously booked ticket for the travel by special flights?

You may contact Air India for refund or adjustments, if any, for previously booked tickets.

4) Where will I get the information related to flight schedules and cost involved?

Embassy’s advisory on its website has the details of destination-wise flight schedules and approximate cost for travel. This information is also updated on this page as it becomes available.

5) Where do the passengers submit the filled-in & signed undertaking?

Passengers should submit filled-in & signed undertaking at the Air India counter at the Airport.

6) What is the criteria for selection of passengers?

Selection of passengers will be determined through an electronic random selection method. Priority will be given to compelling cases such as those facing medical emergencies or requiring return due to treatment in the family, students (facing closer of educational institutions/hostels), pregnant women, elderly or those facing expiry of visas. Prioritization list for the non-scheduled commercial flights have numerous factors that include your compelling reasons for urgent travel, flight availability in the US, the ability of your domicile state to quarantine you, and an algorithm that randomly selects in prioritization categories.

7) Is there any Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed on the flight and on arrival in India?

Yes. While on board the flight, the health protocol issued by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India will have to be followed strictly. This would include wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. to be observed by all passengers. On arrival in India, all passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening, as per health protocol at the airport.

Learn more here: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/MHAOrderDt24052020forspecifiedpersonstotravelabroad.pdf

8) How early do the passengers need to reach embarkation at the Airport for pre-boarding medical screening?

While issuing the ticket, Air India will inform the passenger of reporting time requirements.

9) If a passenger is medically tested in US, will he be tested again in India?

Yes. On arrival in India, all passengers will be required to undergo thermal screening, as per health protocol at the airport. The passengers found to be symptomatic will be immediately taken to medical facility as per health protocol.

The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days on payment basis. If they test negative after 14 days, they will be allowed to go home and will undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 more days as per protocol. The remaining persons will be shifted to the medical facility by the State/ UT Government.

10) I am a resident of X State in India, will I be quarantined at the port of disembarkation or at a place nearer to my hometown?

Place of quarantine facilities will be determined by the concerned State /UT government authorities at the port of disembarkation.

11) If myself and my family members register and one of us is picked up by computerised random selection, what will happen to other members of my family?

The Embassy/Consulate will try to accommodate all family members together in one flight as far as possible.

12) Will I be given option to choose quarantine facility?

No. Concerned State/UT government will decide the quarantine facility. See question 20.

13) What is the cost involved for this 14-day quarantine?

Quarantine facilities are arranged by concerned State/UT governments; hence, the type and cost of quarantine varies from state to state.

14) What is the baggage allowance?

Standard baggage allowance rules of AI commercial flights are applicable to these flights also. Air India may be contacted for further details.

15) I was not selected in Phase 1 or missed the opportunity to travel. Will I be considered in Phase-2? Will there be a phase-3 of flights? Do I need to resubmit the form?

Schedule for Phase 2 is now posted. There is no announcement for Phase 3 as of now. As decisions are made, we will update you through official channels. Please check back soon. You do not need to submit the information again, you will automatically be reconsidered. Please see response to Question 19 should you need to update your forms.

16) How do I get to the airport I have been selected to fly out from?

Passengers are responsible for arranging their own travel within the United States from their current location to the U.S. airport from which the Air India flight will leave.

17) I am currently in India and looking to travel to the United States. Who may I contact?

18) How do I pay for this flight?

If shortlisted, you will receive this information after the Embassy/Consulate contacts you.

19) My circumstances have changed or I need to update the form. Who do I reach out to?

Please send ONE email with an explanation of your compelling circumstances to the Embassy/Consulate of the jurisdiction where you CURRENTLY reside. See jurisdictions and emails here: https://www.ishubus.com/resources/emergencies. It is important that you do not send repeat emails and requests for updates as this increases the volume of queries and reduces the speed of responses.

20) What do I expect once I land?

When you land, you will be escorted from the aero-bridge straight to all medical screening, immigration checkpoints, customs, and baggage claim as needed. There will be complete facility and control rooms at airports and you will be given information of State/UT government chosen facilities (and any choices between government/private facilities and their prices) upon arrival. You will make payments upon arrival at the designated airport in India unless otherwise notified when the Embassy/Consulate or Air India contacts you.

This information is subject to changes and procedures are different at different airports based on State/UT government arrangements.

21) I missed a call from the Embassy/Consulate. What do I do?

The Embassy/Consulate will try to call the phone number you submitted on the form a few times. It is very important that you answer phone calls of the Embassy promptly. If you miss an opportunity to travel this time, please refer to question 15.

22) The Embassy/Consulate informed me that I was selected, but I missed the call from Air India. What do I do now?

Once the Embassy/Consulate has passed your information onto Air India, the Embassy/Consulate cannot assist further as Air India manages the ticketing process. It is essential that you answer your phone when Air India calls and respond promptly to any e-mails they may send to you. If you miss an opportunity to travel this time, please refer to question 15.

23) I am in India and wish to travel abroad. Do you have any information for me?

See section below

Section II: Travel from India to the US during the pandemic

Current as of 28 May 2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that only those persons shall be allowed to travel to destination countries who are:

  • Citizens of that country
  • Who have a green card or OCI card
  • Indian nationals who are holding visa of that country, with a minimum residual validity of three months
  • In the event of confirmed offer of employment / internship / admission in education institution, (Indian nationals) can be allowed with visa of that (their destination) country with a minimum residual validity of one month

Please contact Air India to make booking for flights originating in India.

Please continue to monitor official channels, including ishubus.com/covid19, your local Embassy/Consulate in the United States’ website, and our advisories, to receive the most up-to-date information. You can register here to get e-mail updates.