India coronavirus: Massive repatriation operation begins – BBC News

BBC News

May 8, 2020

More than 300 Indians stranded by the coronavirus lockdown have arrived home on flights from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Passengers arrived in Kerala state on two flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and went into quarantine

India suspended all international travel in March before it went into lockdown to curb Covid-19 infections.

Nearly 15,000 Indians are expected to return on special Air India flights from 12 countries over the next week.

Passengers have to pay their own fares. They are being tested before boarding flights.

Flights from the US and UK which were due to arrive back on Thursday, for instance, were delayed as Covid-19 tests on crew were not done in time, local media reported.

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