Over 56,000 Indian expats leave Oman due to COVID-19

Muscat International Airport
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As the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flights starts, many Indian expatriates in Oman have started packing their bags as they bid goodbye to a country that had been their home for years.

With abysmal volume of business and not much clarity on the pandemic situation in the foreseeable future, several organisations were forced to trim the workforce leading to many expatriates losing their jobs.

Anuj Swarup, Second Secretary, at Indian Embassy in Oman, said that the Vande Bharat Mission from Oman that started on May 9 has operated till date a total 105 flights, enabling more than 18,000 Indian nationals to return to India.

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In addition to this, more than 38,000 Indian nationals have travelled to India on 216 charter flights operated by social organisations and various other organisations.

In Phase 5 of Vande Bharat Mission, a total of 19 flights have been scheduled in the first half of August to various Indian states.

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