From shippies to students, pilgrims to professionals, Indians stranded across the world as travel gates shut down
WASHINGTON: Darpan Sharma reached San Francisco airport with 130 fellow Indians – none of them showing any symptoms of the coronavirus — to board the charter flight to India when word came through that they wouldn’t be going.
New Delhi was not going to accept them before they had been quarantined for two weeks and shown as Covid-19 negative before boarding any flight that would land in India. In California, US authorities did have test kits or quarantine facilities in place. So it was back to the Grand Princess for 131 Indians, most of them crew members of the cruiseliner that was the center of world attention in the early days of the coronavirus, and now forgotten and chugging around the San Francisco Bay after disgorging all its 3500 international passengers.
Around the same time Sharma and his friends were turning back from the SFO airport, Tara Smith returned from India with her three children, flying via Dubai. They were all healthy but it was a terrifying ordeal on a 15-hour flight with a wheezing, coughing elderly lady behind them. When they disembarked at SFO, there was no screening despite the fact they had been exposed for over two weeks to throngs of people abroad. They breezed through customs and immigration in record time after filling out a self-declaration that they did not have fever or cough. It was only their personal good sense that they reached home and self-quarantined for two weeks.
The contrasting experience of two groups underscores the lack of common protocol and practices among nations as millions of people find themselves stranded and left to their own devices in the time of coronavirus. While Smith is relieved to be back home before the world shutters down completely, Sharma and his friends are camped out on balcony of the now almost empty ship, looking at the San Francisco skyline and wondering how they will ever get back home. “We spend most of the day talking to each other and our families. Luckily we still have free wi-fi on the ship,” Sharma told ToI over phone, adding that they were also doing some meditation and exercise to keep themselves healthy and build up resistance while waiting for the Indian go nment to rescue them
While Sharma and crew can consider themselves lucky that they still have access to food and have some money, thousands of Indians stranded across the world, from Iran to Italy, are fast running out of both as airlines scrap flights and go nments shut down travel gates in an effort to contain the virus from spreading. In the U.S., nearly 200,000 Indian students are facing the brunt of disruption as universities have moved most classes online and some campuses have shit down. “We can manage a week or two but the real challenge is if this lasts months,” a University of Maryland student who did not want his name to be used said, as he stood in line at Patel brothers in College Park, where shoppers on Tuesday cleaned out the store in matter of hours in a frenzy of survival shopping.
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Ramesh • New Delhi • 12 hours ago
When times were good these people ran to greener pastures, now in bad times dying to come back.
nitin sharma• 12 hours ago
Send a tweet to home Minister about your issue.He will help you.
Prianha • Delhi • 13 hours ago
There people had one month to get back to India before calling themselves stranded in foreign land but the love of foreign land made them stranded. Indian go nment as compared to other go nments has done an amazing job of bringing Indians back at the onset of this epidemic but several Indians did not realized that. Good luck, stay safe and healthy.
Krishna • Bangalore, India • 12 hours ago
Before writing a sad story, media must see that go nment has to take care of all Indians inside the country first. It may be notes that the virus has come to India through the tourists and Indians who came from other countries and did not keep themselves quarantined in their houses dispite the recommendations. Also, many did not report although they were aware that they were suffering from the symptoms of Covid 19. Hence go nment had no option except to ask the people to get checked before boarding ... Read More
Ramesh • 12 hours ago
Santosh Avadhani • 12 hours ago
Sympathy with them, but need to think about 100 crore peoples inside the country first. Let them enter the country with virus-free.
Anant Shekhar • Patna, India • 13 hours ago
Kudos to the indian govt, they are bringing back who left our country for good life, hats off to the indian culture and shame on them, jab nani yaad aye to BHATAT yaad aya....
Ramesh• 12 hours ago
In good times, foreign. In bad times
chanakya • Mumbai • 10 hours ago
These people curse india and run away from india citing lack of amenities and facilities and now, the same people are dying to come back to India when other countries are throwing them out
Sudeep Bhat • 12 hours ago
What kind of a stupid article is this?? This cruise "Grand Princess" has confirmed 15 positive cases and 100 passengers showing symptoms. The same company's another ship was quarantined in Japan two weeks before this cruise started its Journey. 200 plus passengers were tested positive in that cruise. The passengers, the Sharma and his family, are FOOLS in this case to travel during this time. Why should Indian citizen worry for them.
Bharat Sharma• 11 hours ago
AND now they all want to be called Indians, a few days ago they were like dirty India.. OPPORTUNISTS...
Anwar • 12 hours ago
For the first I am not seeing any raciest or religious comments. Chronovirus if you are done teaching the lesson, you can leave now.
A • India • 11 hours ago
So basically USA go nment was lax and Indian go nment was smart. Those who are stranded must remain wherever they are. India cannot waste taxpayers money on chartering everyone back and certainly cannot bring more suspects.
Raaz Kumar • Delhi, India • 11 hours ago
Sorry but indian go nment already done enough. All cases of virus in India brought by these foreign lovers
Paadi Pantalu • 8 hours ago
Tough times for the stranded but I think they will manage. Being crew of International cruise they are trained to manage any eventuality. Stay safe but US is going to squeeze all your savings as they do not provide free testing or quarantine like India is providing for foreigners. Asian countries have heart.
sunny yadav • 12 hours ago
Indian are always helpful... we should take care of ourself and its not only about india it is abouy humanity so we should come forward and help as many people as we can
Ash D • 4 hours ago
Modi is getting bored because he is not able to step out of his residence
R • 5 hours ago
Only Carona free people should be brought back to India.
Madan Mohan Siddhanthi • Mumbai • 5 hours ago
Feel sorry for them -more so for students who have to go because of stupid go nment policies
Suresh Tekade • Loma Linda • 9 hours ago
Too many Indians on the Earth and counting in lakhs
Salam India • 10 hours ago
This Coronavirus will test Modi Government Credibility !!!
Pallavi READER • noida • 11 hours ago
tough time for the mankind !!
kumar Bangalore • Bangalore • 13 hours ago
Future travel will change. In future probably, one may have to board the flight after showing vaccination certificate.