Thiruvananthapuram: The first flight carrying expats to Thiruvananthapuram from Doha will reach on Sunday. The flight will have 200 passengers, who are from Thiruvananthapuram and its neighboring districts.
The authorities have made arrangements in the district to welcome the returnees from other countries. Facilities for this have been set up in six taluks of the district.
As per reports, facilities have been arranged to accommodate 11,217 expats under government care and for 6,471 expats under their own expense in various hotels.
The returnees will have to complete at least two weeks in institutional quarantine. Earlier it was decided to be just one week of institutional quarantine and one week of home quarantine. As per the government directive, various hostels, hotels and auditoriums in the district have been taken over to accommodate the expats.
In all, 261 hotels have been identified for this purpose. People staying in these hotels will have to take care of their expenses. If more expats return unexpectedly, they will be quarantined in 178 halls identified by the authorities.
The government has already taken up hostels of public and private educational institutions. Kerala University hostel at Palayam, Mar Ivanios college hostel, Veli youth hostel are some of the facilities where facilities to accommodate the expats have been set up.