Issue of normalising foreign travel of Indian citizens being taken up with countries: MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said the issue of normalising foreign travel of Indian citizens is being taken up with authorities of various countries and noted that some of them have taken positive steps on it in view of the significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation in India.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the government will continue to push for further measures from countries to ease Indians' travel abroad.
"We attach great importance to these issues of easing travel restrictions. The issue of normalising travel of Indian citizens abroad has been and is being taken up with the concerned authorities in other countries," he said at an online briefing.
"Given that there has been a significant improvement in the Covid-19 situation in India, we have seen some countries taking positive steps in this regard. We will continue to press for further measures from all the other countries," Bagchi said.
Asked about the United Kingdom's donation of 10 million vaccines to the Commonwealth and Asian countries, he said the announcement does not cover India.
Asked about US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's announcement on Wednesday that his country will provide USD 25 million to support India's vaccination programme, Bagchi referred to the statement issued by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) which outlines the details.