Indian embassy in Kuwait halts online registration for repatriation
Kuwait City: The Embassy of India has temporarily halted online registration for Indian nationals in Kuwait seeking repatriation to India on May 15 and will resume after initial registrations have been accommodated.
Around 70,000 people have already registered with the embassy, while only 879 people have been repatriated from Kuwait in the first phase of India’s Vande Bharat Mission.
The government started the Vande Bharat Mission, one of the largest initiatives to repatriate nationals back to India on May 7 under which the Ministry of Civil Aviation is coordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs and state governments for bringing Indians back to their homeland.
“However, requests of medical emergency, pregnancy and those related to death may continue to be sent by email to the embassy only at firstname.lastname@example.org for necessary examination/processing,” the advisory added.
The embassy also stressed that it is the only designated authority to select and prioritize travel requests and is not responsible for “unauthorized assurances accepted by intending travelers”.
It added that airline Air India is the sole agency for booking/issuance/sale of tickets for all the repatriation flights.
Several Indians also registered in Kuwait’s amnesty scheme held from April 1-30, which permitted residency violators to leave the country without paying any fines while allowing them a chance to return to the country later with the right documents.
Those who availed the amnesty are currently sheltered in facilitation centers in Kuwait, the report said.
As per the current plans for phase two of India’s repatriation plan, three flights are scheduled to depart from Kuwait – to Kannur on May 19, Trivandrum on May 20 and Hyderabad May 21.
Indian missions around the world have been registering citizens stranded when Covid-19-related travel restrictions were put in place by India and other countries, and those who want to return because they have lost their jobs or to meet their families.
India has been under lockdown since March 25 to break the coronavirus chain of transmission. During this time all international (and domestic) flights have been banned, leaving tens of thousands of Indians stranded abroad and thousands of foreign nationals stuck in India.