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COVID-19: Indian embassies worldwide issue advisories for distressed nationals

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Paris, Mar 21 : The Indian embassy in France has issued an advisory for its nationals who wish to travel back home before India’s week-long ban, imposed to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, on international commercial flights comes into force on March 22.

The Indian embassies in several other countries also issued advisories and started emergency helplines for the distressed Indians, assuring them all possible help.

The embassies among others included from Canada, Greece, Finland and Estonia, Israel, Japan, Vietnam, Bulgaria and North Macedonia, Russia, Cuba, Brazil and Switzerland.

The Indian embassy in France in a tweet on Friday provided details of the Qatar Airways flight that will operate from Paris before the Indian travel deadline sets in.

“Qatar airways is operating the flight. It is advised to all the Indian nationals stranded during transit at CDG airport Paris to book this flight immediately. Failing which it’ll be difficult for Embassy to make any alternative arrangements,” it said.

The mission also requested Indians who wish to travel to “keep the certificate issued by the embassy handy for further travel.”

The Indian embassy in Greece in an advisory on Friday asked Indians to maintain patience and calm in the prevailing situation.

The embassy is “your home away from home and is trying its best to help and guide its citizens,” it said.

“It is our request to our fellow citizens, including students, in Greece to look after themselves and stay safe wherever they are and follow the instructions issued by the Indian and Greek authorities from time to time,” it tweeted.


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