Foreign ministry working to transport Taiwanese back from India

New Delhi on lockdown. CNA photo April 14

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is coordinating with China Airlines (CAL) to transport stranded Taiwanese in India back home in the wake of an extended lockdown policy there amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the plan works out, a flight using CAL’s current Delhi-Taoyuan route will bring passengers back, and they will be quarantined in designated places upon arrival, the ministry said.

The Indian government first announced a lockdown of the country on March 25, and later extended it on April 14 to May 3.

There have been requests from Taiwanese in India and other countries in South Asia to help them return home, the ministry said.

Whether the CAL flight takes place still depends on whether there will be enough demand, as passengers must pay for their own tickets, the ministry said.