Punjab facilitates return of 825 foreigners

Amarinder Singh
Senior Congress Leader and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh, April 11 (IANS) The Punjab government had facilitated return of 825 stranded foreigners to their countries, Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said, here on Saturday.

A committee, comprising senior police officers, was involved in facilitating return of foreign nationals, struck here due to lockdown, he added.

Gupta said those sent back included 28 from Finland, 86 from Denmark, 43 from Sweden, 50 from Norway, 14 from Latvia, 6 from Japan and 2 each from Russia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Belarus and one from Uzbekistan. 170 citizens of Canada and 273 of the US were also helped in returning to their countries.

For British nationals, the UK government is arranging for flights from Amritsar and Chandigarh.

Also, 15 South Koreans, 33 Malaysians, 17 from Spain, 7 from Switzerland, 4 each from Taiwan and Mexico, 9 from the Netherlands and 57 from Singapore were sent back to their countries.

All foreign nationals were screened for Covid-19 symptoms. Only Covid-19 asymptomatic people were being allowed to leave the state, he added.


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