New Delhi: India will carry out the second phase Vande Bharat, its mega evacuation mission from May 16 to 22. Over 32,000 stranded Indians from 21 countries are expected to be brought back in the second phase.
More than 25 flights in Phase 2 has been scheduled to Kerala.
"An additional 18 countries to be covered under the second phase, which include Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Georgia, Tajikistan and Armenia," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
"As you can see, we are broadening the ambit every week in a phased manner keeping with our quarantine capacity, health protocols, etc. Till now 1,88,646 Indian nationals have registered to return on the portal," he added.
As per the government's policy for evacuation, Indians having "compelling reasons" to return like pregnant women, elderly people, students and those facing the prospect of deportation are being brought back home.
Flights to Kerala in the second phase:
Dubai-Kochi (Arrival at 6:25pm)
Abu Dhabi-Thiruvananthapuram (10:40pm)
Abu Dhabi-Kozhikode (11:30pm)
Abu Dhabi-Kochi (8:40pm)
Doha-Kannur (1:25am, May 20)
Kuala Lumpur-Kochi (10:15pm)
Abu Dhabi-Kannur (8pm)