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OCI cardholders can fly home now

The Government of India has decided to also permit the following categories of Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders who are stranded abroad including in the US to travel back to India by Special Flights under the Vande Bharat mission.

  • Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards.
  • OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like a death in the family.
  • Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India.
  • University students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India.

As per the Indian embassy communication, all OCI cardholders who satisfy the above conditions are requested to register themselves. Those OCI cardholders who had registered earlier are also required to register online again. All passengers need to  undergo medical screening before boarding the flight and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel. On arrival in India, they will be screened again and would have to download and register on Arogya Setu app. They will need to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine on a payment basis as per the protocols framed by the Government of India.

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