UPDATE: 7 Air India Evacuation flights scheduled from the US starting today!


Second Batch Of Air India Evacuation Flights Start Today– Here’s How You Can Book Your Tickets To India

The second series of Air India flights is scheduled to begin with evacuations today. These flights will operate from May 17 to 28, 2020. The first flight to the US USA It is scheduled to arrive at San Francisco International Airport on May 18, 2020.

This time the covered airports include departure flights from:

  • New York – 2 flights
  • Washington – 1 flight and
  • Chicago – 2 flights
  • San Francisco – 2 flights

If you are looking to book a seat on this flight, you have a couple of options

  • Visit the Air India website: www.airindia.in
  • Call the following phone numbers for booking a seat in person: 1-888-634-1407
  • Speak to a booking agent through their Live chat option who can assist with the flight bookings.

The burden of guaranteeing travel authorization falls on the traveler. Passengers can only board the plane asymptomatically. Other admission requirements can be found below.

Return flights from Air India to India, scheduled to start on May 7, have been postponed until May 9, 2020. The first flights are scheduled to fly before May 15, 2020.

Air India will operate flights from the United States to return stranded Indian citizens due to the Corona virus in the United States. 2,100 Indian citizens in the United States are expected to return to India next week.

The State Department has released a flight plan for several countries where more than 200,000 Indian citizens have been stranded due to the blockade of the Corona virus. The first flights are expected to fly daily until May 13, 2020. Other flights will be arranged as needed.

Please note: The following flight plan is for planning and informational purposes only. You must contact Air India Airlines in person to confirm each departure date and time before boarding your flight.

Who is Eligible to Fly Out of the US During Coronavirus Lockdown

  • F1 Student Visa Holders: With all in-person classes suspended and student housing closed, international students who have no other place to stay are eligible to board these planes
  • B1 Business Visa Holders: Those who made temporary business visits to the US and have their I-94 expiring.
  • B2 Visitor Visa Holders: Parents and other visitors who got stranded in the US due to the border closings.
  • Emergency Cases: Indian citizens and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who have an emergency (death in the family, health reasons) and have to travel back to India. 

US to India: Flight Details

  • The first flight from the USA is scheduled for Hyderabad with a stopover in Mumbai. 
  • Each Flight is expected to fly a minimum of 200 passengers each day.
  • US Airports: Currently the following international airports have been designated for departing Air India flights  
    • San Francisco International Airports
    • Washington Dulles Internation Airport
    • New York International Airports (please confirm date and time for different airports within New York)
    • Newark Liberty International Airport
    • Chicago O’ Hare International Airport
  • For passengers in other US states or cities, it is their responsibility to find a way to arrive at these airports. Please confirm if domestic flights are available to these international airports.
  • Indian Arrival Airports: 
    • Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
    • New Delhi: Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Domestic travel within India, to their respective hometowns is the passengers’ responsibility.  
  • The tentative arrangements for travel to the following Indian states have been made
    • Kerala
    • Tamil Nadu
    • Maharashtra
    • Delhi
    • Telangana
    • Gujarat
    • Punjab
    • Jammu Kashmir
    • Karnataka and 
    • Uttar Pradesh

Please confirm your entire travel itinerary before boarding your flight from the US.

Covid Lockdown: How to Board Flights From USA to India

  • Registration: All travelers eligible to fly out to India should register with the closest Indian mission or Indian Embassy.
  • Registration Details: Include name, destination and passport details
  • Cost Of Flights from USA to India: A 15-hour direct flight to New Delhi or Mumbai is approximately $1,300 for each traveler.
  • Medical Screening: All travelers will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board these flights to India.

What to Expect on Arriving in India

  • Upon arrival in India, all travelers will have to fill a self-declaration form.
  • They also have to sign up on the Arogya Setu app
  • A multi-lingual app that gives all incoming travelers information and direction about Covid testing and next steps.
  • They will go through another medical screening on arrival. 
  • Depending upon the results of testing, each traveler will either be quarantined for 14 days or put on arrangements for onward travel. This could be either in a hospital or a State government-designated institution.
  • Costs for the 14-day quarantine has to be met by the traveler.
  • After the 14-day quarantine, a final medical screening will determine exit from quarantine and departure to home destination.