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As per recent reports, it has been revealed by the Ministry of External Affairs that around 17.2 lakh Indians have been repatriated via different modes under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).

Indians in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) are not still liable to register with the Indian Embassy for coming back or travelling to India as they are now eligible to book directly with Air India Express, the airline stated on Monday.

Further, it was revealed by Air India in the Twitter, “As India and the United Arab Emirates are part of the Air Bubble agreement, therefore the registration of travellers is no longer needed and the bookings may be done directly via Air India Express.”

Last week, it was revealed by the Ministry of External Affairs that around 17.2 lakh Indians have been repatriated via different modes under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).

On 7th October, around 17.2 lakh Indians have been repatriated by using different modes under this Vande Bharat Mission. The modes which were included are Air India-Express, chartered flights, Air India, Private and foreign carriers, naval ships and land-border crossing," a spokesperson of the External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, stated at the weekly briefing.

He further added, under Phase-VII of Vande Bharat Mission which is presently operational since October 1 -- 873 international flights have been decided from 25 countries to be operated in this month. Also, these will include flights from 14 different countries with which India has a bilateral air bubble arrangement.

The VBM started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions. The mission is currently in its seventh phase.

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