Repatriation Flights from India to Italy / Ireland / Canada / USA / UK / Australia / France / Germany / Singapore under Vande Bharat Phase 2 (May 17 – June 2)

While the process of choosing passengers for the flights from other countries to India has been left to the High Commissions/Consulates/Embassies of India in those respective countries, Air India is also selling seats on the outward flights at the moment. In Phase 1, flights to the USA went almost full.

Now that Phase 2 of the project to bring back Indians from abroad is launching, Air India is going to be selling tickets on some flights as well in Phase 2. Air India will only be selling tickets on the outwards flights to Singapore, Germany, France, Australia United Kingdom and the United States of America for now. These tickets will be available for sale at 6 pm on May 14, 2020.

To book these flights, you have to head to this specific Air India website. I have put together a list of all the Air India flights bookable on the Air India website for now along with the current advisory applicable. In the end, you will also see a complete list of all the flights being operated by Air India from India.

Ireland

Foreign nationals are permitted, however, all passengers arriving into Ireland via Dublin Airport including Irish citizens to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival


Singapore

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders allowed to board. Any other country citizen holding any category of Visa i.e Long Term employment etc. requires prior written approval from the Ministry of Manpower or Immigration of Singapore. Every Traveler entering Singapore will be required to serve a 14-day SHN (Stay Home Notice) at a dedicated Quarantine facility.


United Kingdom

Arrival and departure flights are allowed and no restriction on Passenger movement.


United States

There is no restriction for Indian Passport holders who are holding valid visas for the US. Passengers who have transited or have been in certain countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the USA.

Indian citizens seeking to travel on outbound Air India flights to the US, on the basis of their F1 visas, for higher studies may NOT be able to travel to the USA on the current Air India repatriation flights under Mission Vande Bharat if their F or M category visa has less than 6 months validity from the date of planned departure or they are a new admission case and have not as yet joined their educational institution before the COVID-19 outbreak.


Germany

Following are permitted: EU Citizens Passengers with Residence permit and Long term working visa (e.g. Blue cardholders) are permitted. Non-citizens are not permitted. Compulsory Home Quarantine 14 days.


France

The following passengers are allowed:

  • Spouses and children of French citizens
  • Nationals of third countries limited to persons who have their main residence in France or in the European Union or an assimilated country thereof (United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, Vatican and San Marino), holders of a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa, and their spouses and children;
  • Persons in transit to their country of origin, who should present the travel document for their country of origin and remain in the international zone without entering the national territory;


Australia

  • Holders of Permanent Residence are allowed
  • New Zealand Citizens usually resident in Australia
  • Immediate family of an Australian citizen / permanent resident
  • Guardians of children as permitted by law


Canada

Following are permitted:

  • Permanent residents
  • Immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident which includes: spouse or common-law partner of the person; a dependent child of the person or the person’s spouse or common-law partner; a dependent child of a dependent child of the person or of the person’s spouse or common-law partner; the parent or step-parent of the person or person’s spouse or common-law partner; or the guardian or tutor of the person.
  • Passengers arriving from the USA. They must travel for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose.
  • International students who hold a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.
  • Permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 18, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada.
  • A person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act, a protected person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

14 days quarantine upon arrival.


Here is the full list of flights to be operated from India to other countries as a part of Phase 2 of the Vande Bharat Mission.

What to expect on the plane?

Air India’s Standard Operating Procedure for these flights includes handing out masks and sanitizers to every passenger boarding. Only Water Bottles and pre-packed snacks will be offered to the passengers, so it is well advised to have a full meal or carry some protein bars and carry a tablet full of your own content if you want to watch something on these flights given there will be no internet connectivity on board.  Here is an experience from someone who flew on the Mumbai to Newark flight about what to expect onboard one of these flights. 

Bottomline

I expect that there will be more flights at some point in the future, for now, however, there are only going to be these ones to use. The reason most of these flights are usually from Delhi because are the bases of these aircraft, and Air India is trying to help some people getting them on the empty legs too. Although, of course, the prices are eye-watering and they are making reasonable profits on these flights.


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Comments

  1. Hi man can you advise me I like to book a ticket for my mom from Amritsar to San Francisco sooner possible what I should do

  2. Thank you for doing this. Is it true that if I am an American citizen traveling with my wife who has a US green card, we can book an Air India flight to Paris and then a separate flight onward from Paris to the US?

  3. Why there is a repatriation flights from India to US.why not regular commercial flights. when ?
    Jag Baria

  4. Hi sir or madam i have come on 8th march from Nairobi to india from Air India and my booking got canceled pls advice wen ll be my return to Nairobi kenya my return was 29th march pls advice way forward i really want to be wid my family

  5. Hi, I need to fly back to New Delhi from KL. Please suggest can I book my flight? Additionally is there any other prerequisites?

    • @Atanu please leave your name with the KL mission of India and they will be the ones who will confirm if you can be accommodated on any of the Air India paid flights.

  6. Airindia is not having a proper it infrastructure to handle current situation. Money deducted without ticket. Happened 2 times
    Total 2.6lc blocked. And they can’t help because they dont see it as I booked from website. LOL.. Nice answer from call center. Dont trust their website.

  7. My son is intending to go to Toronto since he is struck here from last two months. Let me know the procedure to obtain early available flight /ticket pl.
    Thanks.

  8. We are Canadian citizens. We want to go back to Toronto from Hyderabad. No body picks up the call. No Agent answers online chat. They say about Delhi to Toronto flights. They don’t talk about Hyderabad to Delhi flights. When will they start selling Hyderabad to Toronto sector? Please provide telephone number where atleast somebody answers and clears our doubts.

  9. Hi, I want to do the booking for my mother from Amritsar to Toronto can you please advise me how we can arrange the flight.Thanks

  10. Such a great mission by Indian Government but unfortunately I was enable to have chance. Though I had registered my name I was enable get any message from Indian Embassy USA. Disappointed.

  11. I am currently in Amritapuri near Kollam, Kerala which is 4 hrs by road to Kochi and 3 hrs to Trivandrum. I am a Canadian OCI holder. W ant toget back to my home in Toronto. What are my options. Have been in AMMA’S ashram since middle Dec 2019 and in good health.

    • Ponnappa you will have to get to Delhi somehow to be able to board the Delhi – Toronto flight (schedule above). Most probably a road journey.

  12. Airindia is inefficient in all spheres Being G O I organisation staff are not bothered Because theirs salary and perks are confirmed That is why it is running on loss for years together Our politicians who running the country didn’t bother

  13. Its really bogus what Air India is doing with repatriation. First of all the phone service sucks second thing they don’t have any chat agents its always chat agent are not available when you click on chat. Almost everyone who answers the phone after connecting to Air India phone line which takes 30 minutes if you are lucky. The agent answers the phone absolutely no knowledge its ridiculous how Air India surviving.
    I would definitely not give Air India any star not even one star that’s how the service is really bad.
    Lot of misinformation and zero knowledge from agents who answer phone.

  14. I need to fly from Rome to New Delhi to vijayawada…waiting for the flight…Let me know the possibility .

  15. For some reason they removed both the schedule and boarding policy for all of the phase 2 sites from the website. Are the tickets still on sale?

  16. We came india in feb2020..we want to go back italy ..we are stuck here die to covid 19.our return flight was at 18march2020.that was canceled .plzz reply us ..when we will go back to pir home.

  17. I want to flight to Bangalore to paris as I have return ticket of air India dated 27 March 2020. I try to call customer care but not available. Pls help me

  18. Sir pl I am trying many times in airindia customer care but can’t talk.pl help us .I want to go Sydney

  19. Sir please post the link to buy the tickets. I tried many times at Air India site but it doesn’t show any flights on these dates.

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