New Delhi: As domestic flights gear up to resume services this Monday, the central government is now focusing on ways to reopen air services for Indians who want to travel to or from a foreign country. While international flights are still being contemplated, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday allowed travel for certain categories of Indians overseas.Also Read - IMF Projects Global Economy To Grow At 4.4%, Cuts India's Economy Growth Forecast To 9% in FY 22
Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders can now take a breath of relief as the Home Ministry relaxed the travel and visa restrictions for some of them “in response to COVID-19 Evaluation of Indian nationals stranded abroad”. The government has already been operating special Air India flights amid the pandemic and lockdown around the globe to rescue Indians stuck abroad. Also Read - Haryana Schools Likely To Be Reopened Soon For These Classes | Check Details Here
As a result, the ministry has permitted OCI cardholders who fall under these categories: Also Read - All Must Remain Alert, Continue Precautions Against COVID: President Kovind in His Address to Nation
1. Minor children born to Indian nationals who are abroad with OCI cards.
2. OCI cardholders who wish to return to India on account of family emergencies.
3. Couples where one of the spouses is OCI cardholder, while the other a permanent resident of India.
4. University students, studying abroad with OCI card who wish to return to India.
Earlier this week, many Indian-Americans whose parents are OCI cardholders expressed their frustration over Washington’s decision to temporarily ban long-term visas that have caused them great difficulty in booking flight tickets on repatriation services.