south africans including baby repatriated from india to south africa
A couple with a one-month-old baby have been repatriated from India to South Africa.

A one-month old baby and two South Africans who made an arduous two-day journey by car, arriving in Delhi only three hours before their departure, were among the 70 individuals repatriated from India to SA on Wednesday evening.

A couple with a one-month-old baby have been repatriated from India to South Africa. Photo: Tom Brown
All Photos: SAPeople.com

Following negotiations by the SA High Commission in Delhi and Consulate in Mumbai, South Africans were given permission to board an Air India flight, destined to bring Indian nationals stranded in South Africa back home.

This forms part of India’s ambitious Vande Bharat mission, which thus far has repatriated more than 57,000 Indians from across the planet.

Members of the South African Commission in Delhi, pose for a photo following the successful repatriation of citizens (in joint effort with the Consulate in Mumbai).
Members of the South African High Commission in Delhi, pose for a photo following the successful repatriation of citizens (in joint effort with the Consulate in Mumbai).

Delhi is currently in the midst of its summer season, with temperatures often exceeding 45° C. Many South Africans have been stranded in the country since 24 March, when the country’s prime minister – Narendra Modi – announced an abrupt lockdown, sparking panicked mass-migration.


India’s capital has further experienced a recent surge in Covid-19 infections, with 47,102 confirmed cases in the city alone. The city has now begun utilizing its extensive railway infrastructure to provide makeshift isolation wards.

Upon return to South Africa, all passengers have begun a mandatory two-week quarantine period at the St George Hotel near Johannesburg.

South African Citizens fill out mandatory paperwork before their departure – Delhi, India
South African Citizens fill out mandatory paperwork before their departure – Delhi, India

flight india to south africa

Air India flight carrying South African leaves Delhi Airport, India
Air India flight carrying South African leaves Delhi Airport, India