Hyderabad: Ending the suspense, Indians stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to return on two special flights on May 7.
The consulate general of India in Dubai said that one flight from Abu Dhabi will land in Kochi and the other from Dubai will land in Kozhikode.
The number of passengers will be decided by the Consulate General of India in Abu Dhabi and Dubai based after registration. The consulate said priority will be given to stranded workers, elderly, pregnant women, urgent medical cases, and others who are stranded in difficult situations. Till May 4, the consulate had received around 20,000 applications asking to return to India.
The passengers will be informed via phone or an e-mail about the travel arrangements, ticket costs, and health requirements. Quarantine requirements will be informed to them in due course of time, said the consulate officials.
The consulate noted that flights will be arranged for different destinations in the coming days. The consulate sought co-operation from the fellow Indians as they have to arrange different flights to accommodate so many people.
The passengers can only register through calls and not visit the embassies in tune with the social distancing norms under COVID-19.
It is to be noted that Kuwait has also announced Amnesty. According to sources, 30,000 to 40,000 Indians will be benefitted. The government also needs to accommodate them.