Three ships sent to bring back Indians from Maldives, UAE: Defence Official

India has sent three naval ships to bring back its citizens from Maldives and UAE who have been stranded there due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a defence spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The warships – INS Shardul, INS Magar and INS Jalashwa have been deployed to evacuate Indians stranded in Maldives and UAE.

The evacuation of lakhs of Indian citizens stranded abroad due to COVID-19 lockdown will begin from May 7 in a phased manner, the government said on Monday.

Government of India will be facilitating the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad on compelling grounds in a phased manner. The travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all these passengers would have to follow the protocols, such as the Health Protocols, issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the statement said.