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Wrote a post on Quora highlighting how authoritative, unfair #VandeBharatMission is. I will share the contents of the pos here as a thread (1 / n):
(2/n): As an airline geek, I have been following the airlines closely. The thread covers everything you need to know about how #VandeBharatMission is making lives of Indians miserable.

Let me clear up that even the USA agrees that India is trying to make profits out of #vbm
(3/n) I highly recommend checking out replies to Tweets by @HardeepSPuri's. I think this should be enough to tell you what the US said has been a common belief among Indians anyway.
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Landed in Delhi after a #VandeBharatMission flight from Dulles, Washington today. Some thoughts & observations.

No passengers, no flights (security takes a minute at most) and no shops.
Airports have become ghost towns. Captures the Covid-19 economic disruption 1/n
Flight was full. But it’s mostly pent-up demand. Elderly, who were visiting their children & students, mostly. Once this dries up, and the virus doesn’t slow down, things will become worse for the travel industry 2/n
Embassy & Air India ground staff; quite a few above 50 (seniors get posted to the US may be), were quite efficient & cheerful. The cabin crew dons a full body PPE, unlike passengers who get a PPE kurta. It’s flight, land & test, quarantine for 6 days and fly again for them 3/n
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Landed at the Delhi airport. Waited up to an hr before de-boarding. Delhi passengers de-boarded first and were sent to separate queues. Chennai passengers were sent to another place for transfer. They have chairs all over to sit. Details post landing on this thread #VBM Image
Boarded Chennai flight, finally!
Again, snacks and water were placed at our seats. Everything was organised very well at the @DelhiAirport. They made sure everyone followed social distancing and had lined up chairs so that everyone can sit. Super impressed! #VandeBharatMission
Finally, we landed in Chennai about an hour ago. We were asked to wait for few mins before landing. Post landing, they made a temp check, completed our immigration and headed towards baggage claim. The whole process took less than 30 mins. Very well organised again. #VBM Image
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All set to go to namma Chennai for good. Thanks to the @Indian_Embassy @airindiain and @HardeepSPuri for #VandeBharatMission flights. Will be sharing my whole experience on the same thread! Image
Registered using the links updated by the Indian embassy in April to go back to India. No luck with the first set of flights. Registered again with the second link and got selected for the third phase of flights. Got an email from embassy Jun 8th for the flight on 17th..
@Indian_Embassy sent an email with French bank account details of @airindiain and we were asked to do account transfer. Made the transfer on the same day. Got the tickets from Air India on Jun 10th. Indian embassy promptly followed up on payments and receipt of tickets
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Travelled on #VandeBharatMission from #Paris to #NewDelhi @airindiain flight AI 142 with my 1 year old daughter.
Sharing the thread here. (1/16)
The @Indian_Embassy officials including @Naman_ifs, @AnnMaryGeorge7 were present in full force to ensure coordination with authorities at @ParisAeroport. Keeping in mind the #Covid19 protocols, check in started 5 hours before boarding and completed before time (2/16)
Air stewards and hostesses in full PPE gear informed everyone before takeoff that there would be no interaction with anyone during the flight. Food packets (3 - 2 French and 1 Indian) and water for the duration of the entire journey was on our seats. (3/16)
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Just concluded a detailed review meeting of #VandeBharatMission. Thank Team MEA, @MoCA_GoI, DMA, @airindiain, MHA, Bureau of Immigration for their participation and contribution.

Focus of meeting was to ramp up the scale of #VBM and enhance its efficiency.
Key points from the meeting:

1. Lessons learnt from #VBM performance so far of 173 flights and 3 ships covering 34 countries.

2. Further expanding Phase 2 of #VBM (17 May to 13 June) currently underway. Will target 100,000 passengers from 60 countries.
3. Preparations for 3rd phase - widening our footprint has commenced.

4. Increase in entry points and expanded feeder flights being planned.

5. Welcome approval of chartered flights from today.

6. Indians returning through land borders has started today.
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A covid age travel story. I’ll be sharing my experience of traveling in a repatriation flight from Dublin Bangalore. Flight date 26 May ‘20. Can’t wait to be home with mom and play board games n cards ❤️ #familytime #COVID #indiainireland #VandeBharat #home #Flythenewnormal Image
Landed in Delhi. Waited for ~3 hours in the flight afterwhich we were told there is another aircraft been arranged due to a tech fault. Waiting since ~6 hours now. It’s very tough to wear the shield and the mask all thru out. Very suffocating. No ventilation / AC in the airport
After ~9 hours of wait, we were asked to board another AI ✈️ at the delhi airport. Walking from one gate to another with shields and masks amidst high security felt abnormal. There was tension in the air. Image
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This has been the most exciting week.
May 7th:Registered in the link that Embassy set out.
May 9th:Received an email from the Indian Embassy saying I’ve been selected based on electronic random process. We are asked to send the confirmation by end of day.
May 12th:Received a call from Air India and they’ve booked my ticket while i was on hold. I sincerely would like to appreciate the entire staff.
May15th:D-day. Flight at 11:25PM but At the airport by 3:30PM and 150 other people and here already.
#VandeBharathMission #AirIndia
Body temperature will be monitored and noted on passport before checkin. Just one carryon is allowed and it shouldn’t exceed 7kgs. Maintain good distance, please stand on the cross signs that are marked. A new form will provided and and we would submit it at the time of checkin. Image
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For the benefit of other Indians who are awaiting #evacuation from the US, here's a thread to document my experience (from Newark to Mumbai) - protocols change in a heartbeat during a pandemic, so please use this only as a guide #VandeBharatMission (1/n)
First, make sure to register for updates from @IndianEmbassyUS, the nearest Indian Consulate, & here:…. Was emailed the Phase I evacuation on May 6th; check the nearest airport relevant to you & your final destination (2/n)
On May 7th, recd a call from @IndiainNewYork confirming that I can travel from EWR to BOM on May 10th (I was in CT). Same day received a call from @airindiain to confirm the same. On May 8th, recd an email from Air India with flight details & wire transfer details (3/n)
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Watch Live: Media briefing on current #COVID19 situation in the country.

INS Magar has left from Maldives with around 200 Indians yesterday; #INSJalashwa has reached Kochi with 698 passengers: @HMOIndia
@HMOIndia Til 10 May, ~ 4,000 Indians stranded abroad have reached India via 23 #VandeBharatMission flights: @HMOIndia
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LIVE at 4:00 PM: Media briefing on current #COVID19 situation in the country

📍: National Media Centre


Watch here 👇

#INSMagar has left from Maldives with around 200 Indians yesterday; #INSJalashwa has reached Kochi with 698 passengers - @HMOIndia #IndiaFightsCorona
Til 10 May, ~ 4,000 Indians stranded abroad have reached India via 23 #VandeBharatMission flights - @HMOIndia #IndiaFightsCorona
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Post landing:
1. Health check
2. Immigration
3. Baggage collection
4. Hotel booking

Health check : temperature, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. Asymptomatic people also stamped with quarantine facility.

Quarantine facilities available:
5* sgl occupancy ₹4100
5* dbl occupancy ₹5900
3* single ₹1850
3* double ₹2450
No star ₹1200

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