The Indian High Commission has issued a new directive urging all Indians stranded in New Zealand and keen to travel back home on the next Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flight (August 25) to keep an eye on the Air India website and purchase ticket. 

The directive was issued by the Indian High Commission in a social media post earlier today guiding the next steps to all those keen to return to India on the next repatriation flights under NZ leg of the Vande Bharat Mission. 

The interested passengers are being urged to first register on a weblink that will automatically generate a registration number that they will need further for purchasing flight tickets to India. 

It seems that this automated process will be working on a first come first serve basis as the users who can timely register themselves, get a registration number and further log-in on Air India's website will be able to purchase a ticket. 

The office of Indian High Commission has stated that they are focused on sending stranded Indians home expeditiously and have been continuously trying to streamline the procedures to make that easy.  

Paramjeet Singh, Second Secretary at the office of the Indian High Commission told the Indian Weekender, "This process is designed after some serious deliberations between our Mission and Air India with a focus on reducing anxiety and increasing satisfaction of people experiencing distress."

Mr Singh refused to divulge any further information.

Meanwhile, some of the lucky passengers who have been able to purchase and book tickets on the August 25 flight have told the Indian Weekender that the cost of an economy class ticket was NZD $2,478.85.