The Indian government is planning to start flights between Indian and other countries to bring back Indian passport holders.
This includes people stuck in the USA. The flights are being planned in a way that people who have a valid US visa can board the flight and the same airplane will bring the Indians back to India.
Air India COVID-19 Flight Schedule
If you have a valid visa to the destination country, you can book your flight on the Air India website.
At the time of writing this article, the ticket price of Delhi to San Francisco flight was showing as 1.4 lakhs per person for economy class and 1.63 lakh for the business class seats.
The Delhi to New York flight on May 13 is available for 1.31 lakhs as shown above. It is possible that prices are increased based on demand.
The Indian ministry of current affairs has planned flights from Delhi to Chicago, Washington, New York, and San Francisco. It seems that options will be limited and you will have to book your next US domestic flight yourself.
We suggest to book US flight once you have reached US to avoid any issues.
You will not be allowed to board the flight to US if you have tested positive for Coronavirus.
You cannot board a flight to US if you do not have a valid US H1B visa stamped in your passport.
H1B i797 is just a petition approval. You need a valid visa in passport to legally enter USA.
You should wait for US embassy to open and get a visa stamp using your approved H1B i797.
All legal US visa holders are allowed to travel from India to the US using these emergency flights including B1/B2, H4, H1, L1, F1, etc.
The only condition is that the visa should be valid for at least 1 year from the date of the flight.
The only exception is the death or a medical emergency to reduce the 1-year visa condition to 6 months.
Yes, Indian government is allowing US citizens and green card holders to travel.
The full cost of travel from India to US or other country will have to be paid by passenger.
Indian government will not subsidize any cost.
If the destination country like the US does not allow you entry due to any reason whatsoever after landing, you will have to bear the cost of a return flight to India.
The deportation penalty, return fare, and cost of 14-day Quarantine will have to be paid by you.
You will need to print, sign, and submit 3 undertakings before you board the flight.
#1 Risk of Travel & Quarantine Cost Undertaking
#2 Deportation Charges
#3 COVID-19 Self-health declaration