The office of the Indian High Commission has issued an advisory for the Indian citizens stranded in New Zealand wanting to return home on Vande Bharat evacuation flights. 

The first flight as reported earlier by the Indian Weekender is coming to Auckland and leaving for New Delhi on June 7, at 13.30 hours. 

All passengers will have to make their own arrangement for reaching the departure Airport at least 4 hours before the departing time. 

The list of passengers travelling on each flight will be finalized by the High Commission, keeping in view the destination and compelling reasons.

The shortlisted passengers will be contacted through email for booking of tickets and payment.

It is expected that additional flights will be announced to cover other major destinations in India.

Following are the standard guidelines for passengers:

 (i)                             All stranded Indians are required to register with the High Commission at the link given on its Website.

(ii)                           The list of passengers travelling on each flight will be finalized by the High Commission, keeping in view the destination and compelling reasons.

(iii)                         The shortlisted passengers will be contacted through email for booking of tickets and payment.

(iv)                         The number of seats on the flights are limited. Passengers with the most compelling circumstances will be given priority. If the shortlisted passenger fails to purchase the ticket within 24 hrs. of intimation, his/her seat will be allotted to the next waitlisted passenger.

(v)                           The cost of travel will be borne by the passenger.

(vi)                         All passengers will have to make own arrangement for reaching the departure Airport at least 4 hours before the departing time.

(vii)                       All passengers will be required to undergo medical screening at the time of boarding the flight and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel.

(viii)                      All passengers will be compulsorily required to handover a signed Undertaking cum Indemnity Bond before boarding the flight.

(ix)                          All passengers on arrival in India will be medically screened and would have to download and register on Arogya Setu app.

(x)                           All passengers will need to undergo 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival in India in quarantine facilities as per the protocols framed by the Govt. In addition, if needed, COVID-19 test may be required to be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to applicable health protocols.

(xi)                          All passengers also need to fill Self Reporting Form to be presented at the Health & Immigration Counter in India.

(xii)                        All passengers will need to follow the protocols and procedures including Health Protocols issued by the Government of New Zealand on departure and by Government of India before during the journey and after arrival in India.

(xiii)                      It is also advised to check the official website of the domicile state/final destination in India for additional COVID-19 registration/compliance requirements.

(xiv)                      Outbound passengers travelling from India to New Zealand can book on the Air India website or Air India call centre on numbers1860-233-1407 / 0124-264-1407/ 020-2623-1407. New Zealand Citizens/Permanent residents/those permitted by NZ Immigration, who wish to travel from India to New Zealand may register themselves on SAFE TRAVEL link by Government of New Zealand. Only those allowed by NZ authorities will be permitted to board the flight.

(xv)                        For any further query, you may send email to vandebharat.nz@gmail.com.

Important information regarding any potential pregnant woman traveller 

The office of the Indian High Commission has also confirmed that any woman between 32-35 weeks of pregnancy will need to have a Fit to Fly certificate from a competent medical practitioner. 

Any woman pregnant beyond this period will not be able to fly as per Air India's policy.

IMP: Those who have already registered with the Indian High Commission are not required to register again following the issue of this advisory.