Updated 1 March 2022
Following the latest development in Ukraine, Indian nationals in the country are expected to board repatriation flights to return to India. The Indian government is actively pursuing evacuation efforts in cooperation with other international governing bodies, looking to resume flights soon to and from the country.
Here are the latest developments on air travel news between Ukraine and India right now.
Ukraine to India latest flight news
As per the latest update, several airlines have decided to temporarily cease operations to and from Ukraine. With the Ukrainian airspace closed for civilian flights, it’s likely that passenger flights will be suspended temporarily.
No COVID-19 entry restrictions for Ukrainian arrivals
Mandatory pre-boarding negative RT-PCR test report and vaccination certificate has been exempted for the Indian nationals arriving from Ukraine. The evacuated Indians have also been exempted from uploading documents before departure on Air Suvidha portal.
The travellers who have not been able to submit a pre-arrival RT-PCR negative report or hasn’t completed covid-19 vaccination, they have been allowed to submit their samples on arrival with the advice to continue to self monitor their health condition for 14 days after arrival in India.
Repatriation flights from Ukraine to India
The Indian government has announced that several repatriation flights are being prepared to specially transport Indians in Ukraine back to the country.
The Ministry of External Affairs of India has said that India has so far evacuated over 8,000 nationals since the initial advisories were issued by the country. It was also informed that the seven evacuation flight have landed in India bringing back around 1,400 citizens.
The Union government has launched ‘Operation Ganga’ to bring back stranded students and Indian citizens from Ukraine. Special flights are being operated by Air India and several other airlines as part of the ‘Operation Ganga’ mission.
The Union Government has deployed around 20 flights from Air India, Air India Express, Indigo, and Spice Jet. Apart from these airlines, the Airforce has also been asked to evacuate Indians from the neighbouring countries of Ukraine.
India on 27 February began the evacuation of its stranded citizens in Ukraine with the first evacuation flight, AI1944, bringing back 219 people from Bucharest to Mumbai. The second evacuation flight, AI1942, carrying 250 Indian citizens landed at the Delhi airport on the same day.
#FlyAI: HMCA @JM_Scindia receiving the Indian nationals who were flown back to Delhi from Bucharest by AI 1942 on 27th Feb, '22 early morning, operated to evacuate Indians stranded at war-ravaged Ukraine. Thank you for guiding us on this mission @MoCA_GoI pic.twitter.com/y1DuYcjJTW
— Air India (@airindiain) February 26, 2022
A special evacuation flight by SpiceJet will depart from New Delhi to Kosice, Slovakia on 1 March to bring back Indians stranded in Ukraine. The SpiceJet flight is scheduled to depart at 3:30 PM from New Delhi and is scheduled to arrive in Kosice, Slovakia at 7:50 PM IST. The aircraft is scheduled to return by 7:40 AM on March 3.
Spice Jet to operate special evacuation flight to Slovakia, Kiren Rijiju on-board
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) March 1, 2022
Travelling from Ukraine to India via Qatar
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has allowed passengers traveling from Ukraine to travel to India by transit via Qatar under the India – Qatar bilateral air bubble arrangement. The announcement will come into effect once Ukraine reopens its airspace.
Government of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation has allowed passengers traveling from Ukraine to travel by transit under India- Qatar bilateral air bubble arrangement.
— India in Qatar (@IndEmbDoha) February 24, 2022
Contact number of Indian Embassy in Ukraine
The Indian Embassy in Ukraine has set up helpline numbers to assist started Indian students and citizens in need of assistance.
24 hour helpline numbers:
- +38 0997300428
- +38 0997300483
- +38 0933980327
- +38 0635917881
- +38 0935046170
@IndiainUkraine issues a fresh advisory for all Indian Nationals/Students in Ukraine.
Alternative arrangements are being made for evacuation of our citizens.
📞 Additional 24*7 helplines:
+38 0935046170 pic.twitter.com/95EHCPSOKy
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) February 24, 2022
Fax: (380 44) 468-6619
Tel: (380 44) 468-6661, 468-6219
Emergency Contact:Mr. Sanjay Rawat,
- [email protected] (for Political, Cultural, Information related queries)
- [email protected] (for Visa, Passports & Consular matters related queries)
- [email protected] (for Education related queries)
- [email protected] (for Commerce and Trade related queries)
Ukraine to India regular flights
Note: The following are flight schedules from Ukraine to India prior to the current development. Please check with your airlines for the latest schedules and availability.
Prior to suspension of flights from Ukraine, Flydubai had been operating several flights to India from Ukraine.
India to Ukraine regular flights
Note: The following are flight schedules to and from Ukraine prior to the current development. Please check with your airlines for the latest schedules and availability.
Ukraine International Airlines
Delhi – Kyiv: One flight available every week. Tickets start from INR 14,316