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Around 90,000 Indians stranded in the UAE will return to their families in India by the end of June after both the UAE and Indian governments agreed to increase the flights between the two countries, the Indian embassy said on Saturday.
As many as 450,000 Indians registered electronically for returning to their country through the embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian consulate in Dubai, the embassy added.
Effective from June 20, daily flights will be increased by 4 flights till the end of the month over and above the 80 already existing flights, the embassy said, noting that last Wednesday, some 3,000 Indians returned to their country, the figure is the highest since return operations started.
The embassy pointed out that priority for return would be given to the elderly and pregnant women who lost their jobs as well as those with critical diseases, the embassy said, noting that airline ticket prices ranges between Dhs750 and Dhs1,200.
The embassy launched a new passport system for Indians in the UAE, through which applications are submitted electronically via BLS visa offices for those above 60 years and less than 12 years of age as well as pregnant women and people of determination.
The required documents should be attached to the applications and applicants need not visit the offices so that they can maintain their safety.
Over 125,000 Indians have been safely repatriated home from the UAE since the Vande Bharat Mission started on May 7. Several others will return to India during the Phase 4 of the mission which started on July 1.
The official Twitter account of Consulate General of India in Dubai said, “We are happy that 11 Air India Express flights are planned to India from Dubai in the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission, starting on May 16 and till May 23.
“Charter flights operated by UAE carriers to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India will be allowed to carry ICA approved UAE residents (returning to UAE from India) on their return leg (India to UAE).
Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government said, “The vaccine is currently given to our first line defenders because they are more vulnerable to infection than others, and to the elderly and people with chronic diseases."
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