India launches website to connect stranded travelers with repatriation services

Apr 28 2020, 4:52 pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, some travelers from around the world have been struggling to return to their origin countries.

Luckily, at least for those stranded in India, the country’s Ministry of Tourism has created an entire website dedicated to helping stranded travelers.

#StrandedInIndia is an initiative launched to assist foreign travelers anywhere in India to find a safe and efficient way back home.

“The world is facing an unprecedented situation today,” the site explains.

“The Ministry of Tourism is with you in these difficult times. We are truly committed towards the safety of one and all. If you are a foreign traveller stranded anywhere in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can help you get in touch with the concerned authorities.”

The site provides multiple coronavirus helpline numbers, including a WhatsApp number for the Government of India’s COVID-19 help desk as well as a helpline email and tourist helpline.

From the website’s homepage, travelers can identify the state or union territory in India where they are currently located to receive an accurate contact to reach out to for help.

Additionally, they can fill out a form with their name, where they traveled to India from, as well as their contact information and a message to provide accurate context to their specific situation.

Being stranded in a foreign country can be a scary and unpredictable situation. Initiatives such as this provide a calming sense of relief for those whose primary objective is to get home safely and efficiently.