The whole world has gone under lock down, forcing governments of different countries to enforce strong measures on travel in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. We bet self-isolation and social distancing was not in your travel plans.
If you are an Indian National stranded in the United Arab Emirates because of the travel ban, here is everything you need to know about the current plan of action.
Things to know if you are stuck in UAE
- All Indian Nationals stranded in the UAE have been asked to contact the embassy and consulate only in case of emergency situations. The embassy of India has also issued a directive on provision of attestation and passports services.
- Indian passport services have been shut down in the Northern Emirates, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Authorities have stated that people can approach the consulate on firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the intensity of the emergency.
- Applications explaining the emergency can also be sent to the Indian Embassy on email@example.com.
- Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, till further notice, will address only those applicants, whose passports have already expired or will be expiring by April 30, 2020.
- The Embassy of India has suspended attestation services on a temporary basis. In addition to this, if any Indian has an urgent attestation requirement, they can scan and send the documents on firstname.lastname@example.org. However, applicants will have to detail the emergency while sending the email.
- Embassy will address and reply to all emails they receive up to 1600 hours on all working days and if the application is approved, attestation services will be provided on the next working day.
Governments enforce strong measures
As the COVID-19 spreads rapidly and on a global scale, governments around the world are enforcing strong measures to prevent the current situation from escalating.
While the Indian government has announced a National lock down till April 14, uncertainty over future extensions looms over every Indian National stuck abroad.
The best way to be up to date with the next plan of actions is to keep in touch with the Indian Embassy and stay wherever you are to keep yourself protected.
It may seem like the worst situation to be in currently, but with the collective efforts of all of us following the rules of social distancing, we can overcome this adversity and remain connected with friends and family back home.