Overall, though, the total remittances from Indian workers abroad was $8.3 billion in 2020, a drop of only 0.2 per cent from the previous year.
As per the new rules, any OCI cardholder who wishes to be involved in missionary, 'tablighi' or journalistic activities, will have to obtain a special permission from the government.
The decision on RT-PCR tests, considered the gold standard to detect the COVID-19, has been taken following a direction by the Centre in view of over 30 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state in the last one week.
The expats have taken an indirect route of flying via the United Arab Emirates to Saudi and Kuwait since there were no direct flights from their home countries, the Gulf News reported.
The electrical engineer, identified with his single name Sumesh, hailed from Paravoor in Kollam district in Kerala.
The passport renewal forms will be processed on the same day as it is received, Consul General of India in Dubai Dr Aman Puri told the newspaper.
Six days after Onmanorama brought to light the plight of Indians living in prisons in the Sultanate of Oman after completing their sentence, the Indian Embassy repatriated 48 of them back to India on Thursday.
Over 130 Keralites have died of Covid-19 in Saudi Arabia alone.
Out of the 41 Keralites who died of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, 40 resided in Mumbai.
Currently, the total population of Kuwait is 43 lakh. Of this, 13 lakh are natives and 30 lakh are expats.