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More than 23,000 Indian students, mostly studying medicine, reportedly stuck at home due to COVID visa restrictions (Image)

More than 100 students are reported to have returned by traveling through third countries or through Hong Kong. The Indian Embassy, ​​in its latest advisory, urged returning students to register with the mission

As Indian students stuck at home due to the COVID travel ban began to gradually return to rejoin their colleges in China after Beijing started issuing visas, the Indian embassy here on Friday asked them to register with the mission to ensure timely facilitating their consular needs. More than 23,000 Indian students, mostly studying medicine, are reportedly stuck at home due to COVID visa restrictions.

China has begun issuing visas to students who have received permission from their Chinese colleges and universities to return to study. But it is difficult for them to travel to China as both countries have not yet resumed air travel.

More than 100 students are reported to have returned by traveling through third countries or through Hong Kong. The Indian Embassy, ​​in its latest advisory, urged returning students to register with the mission.

In a concerted effort, Indian medical students began returning to mainland China to re-enter their universities. In order to meet the consular needs in a timely manner, Indian students in China are requested to fill the registration form, according to a notice posted on the embassy’s website. They can register at the Indian embassy or Indian consulates in Shanghai or Guangzhou, it said.

It also listed the names of the officials and their contact details. All Indian students are encouraged to register so that the embassies/consulates can contact them at the earliest for assistance, it said. Students who are yet to return to China can fill out the form only after arriving in China, the statement added.

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