NEWS: South African citizens stranded in India will now be able to return home following an announcement by South African Department of International Relations and Co-Operation (DIRCO). There are approximately 100 South Africans who are stranded in India since the implementation of lockdown.
An urgent notification issued to to all South African citizens stranded in India, a flight schedule has been announced. The flights to Johannesburg are :
- 22 May from Mumbai (via Delhi) at 10h50
- 22 May from Delhi at 13h55 non-stop
Above flights will be accessible for booking on the SAA website with stranded citizens expected to pay the cost of their repatriation. The cost of air-tickets range is R15 000.00 per person from India. Passengers holding SAA tickets will have to pay any difference in cost. It has been advised that these citizens must arrange as soon as possible an e-ticket to confirm their seat on the flight to South Africa. Passengers will have to pay via electronic fund transfer (EFT) and produce proof on check-in.
The DIRCO media statement indicated that there will be no free flights but in the case of South Africans unable to pay for tickets, will need to complete the Annex 18A to secure a seat on the repatriation flight.
Passengers must report at the check-in counter at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure. Passengers will be allowed the maximum of 2 X 20 kg check in luggage and 1 X 7 kg hand luggage per person. (There are severe restrictions in place on arrival). All passengers will be subjected to mandatory quarantine of 14 days upon arrival in Johannesburg at a quarantine site selected by the Department of Health. Passengers will not be allowed to self-quarantine.
No passenger will be allowed to board the repatriation flights from India without signing an undertaking to be placed under quarantine on arrival in South Africa.
South Africa citizens are urged to use the following emergency numbers to assist with repatriation.
Delhi emergency numbers:
- +91 – 85271 96846
- +91 – 9818041117
- + 91 – 8826488660
- +91 – 9717191512
Mumbai Emergency numbers:
- +91 – 7045618177
- +91 – 9372477449