New Delhi: As a number of foreign nationals are stranded in the country in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday evening issued fresh guidelines and allowed transit arrangements for stranded foreign nationals. Also Read - ‘Take Strict Action on Violation of Lockdown Measures,’ MHA Writes to States, UTs

As per the guidelines, the MHA has also allowed evacuation of those who arrived in the country post-February 15 after their quarantine period and tested negative for coronavirus. The MHA said only those foreign nationals would be allowed to leave the country who are asymptomatic for COVID-19. Also Read - ‘Will blacklist People Who Violated Indian Visa Rules,’ Says MHA in New Order Over Nizamuddin Event

In the fresh order, the MHA said the decisions have been taken exercising the powers, conferred under the Disaster Management Act. Also Read - Will The Supply of Milk, Newspaper, Groceries be Affected During Lockdown? Read MHA’s Advisory

The move from the MHA comes news reports surfaced that a number of foreign nationals are stranded in various parts of the country in the wake of 21-day nationwide lockdown. Even, some foreign countries had also approached the Central government for evacuation of their nationals.

“In view of these, it has now been decided that requests received from foreign governments, for evacuation of their nationals from India, would be examined by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on case to case basis,” the MHA order stated.

The MHA said that in cases where such requests are endorsed by MEA, the protocol would be observed. “The chartered flight would be arranged by the concerned foreign government in consultation with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, prior to departure, the foreign nationals would be screened for COVID-19 symptoms according to standard health protocol,” the MHA said.

The Home Ministry also said that in case of symptomatic persons, the future course of treatment would be followed as per the standard health protocol.