Indian students enrolled in Italian universities stranded back home due to travel ban

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Indian students who had rushed back home from Italy to be with their relations or participate in the final rites of their family members on the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 are actually stranded right here as air travel stays banned to the European nation.

As the students witnessed a flashback comparable to the brutal first wave of COVID-19 in Italy final 12 months, lots of them had rushed back home earlier in the 12 months.

While some managed to come home in time, few have been late to meet the last-minute rush when Italy closed their worldwide borders to India. Those who returned to India earlier than April 28, when air travel to and from the nation was suspended, are actually caught right here although their friends back in Italy have gone back to their regular lives in universities.

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Zeeshan Ahmed, a cybersecurity scholar on the Sapienza University of Rome, arrived in India when he received information of his sister being sick due to COVID-19. Ultimately his total household received contaminated with the virus, together with him.

“It was mayhem. In fact, it was a repeat of what I saw in Italy last year that made me scramble even more when I got to know about my sister first. Then, everybody around was infected and news of losing loved ones and family became an everyday thing,” Ahmad advised PTI.

“The second wave may have subsided but the nightmare for me is far from over. Italy has gone back to normal but I am stuck here while universities function completely. I also had a part-time job there which I am continuing from here but that will not be an option in few weeks because ultimately work is getting affected due to my absence,” he added.

Aligarh’s Owais R Khan, who’s finding out MSc Computer Science on the identical college in Rome, says he got here back to India in February when the scenario in each nations was higher.

“Suddenly, all hell broke loose here and a week before my scheduled return, Italy imposed a travel ban which has still not been lifted. The exams are going on at my university both in offline and online mode. We have been reaching out to the Embassy, sending emails to the Ministry to raise the issue with their counterparts in Italy but nothing has worked,” Khan mentioned.

“It feels like a vicious cycle. Last year, we were stuck in Italy when the families back here were on tenterhooks. A year later, the same series of incidents have happened in India and we are in the same situation again. It’s hard to struggle through these issues while dealing with the loss of family members and memories of last rites afresh in mind,” he added.

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For Nihal Vikram Singh, an MBBS scholar at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, the difficulty isn’t just restricted to delayed travel plans however residence permits and Indian vaccines not being permitted there.

“As per our residence permit, we cannot stay out of Italy for more than six months. To go through the same processes all over again and secure a permit is going to be troublesome. Also, I am a medical student. Though I am attending my theory classes online, that is far from enough for my course,” he mentioned.

Italy had on June 26 permitted Italian residents or Italian residents with Registry of Resident Italians Abroad, to travel to the nation from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

While there is no such thing as a official replace on the anticipated timeline of the travel ban being eased, the Indian Ambassador to Italy had on July 9 had a gathering with group representatives the place she briefed them concerning the efforts on in search of relaxations.

“Ambassador Dr Neena Malhotra virtually interacted with community representatives and briefed about Mission’s efforts in seeking relaxation for stranded Indians and resumption of flights. Several other community issues were discussed,” the Indian embassy in Italy had tweeted.

India logged 41,157 new coronavirus circumstances, which took the an infection tally to 3.11 crore whereas the demise toll climbed to over 4.13 lakh with 518 extra fatalities, in accordance to the Union Health Ministry knowledge up to date on Sunday.

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