Lockdown restrictions in India have today been extended for another three weeks until at least May 3rd, with thousands of UK citizens still stranded there.

The Government has increased the number of flights it's chartering to bring people home, but one woman from Somerset has told ITV News West Country she still has no idea when she might be able to return.

Janet and her partner Nick Mumford. Credit: Janet Pang

Janet Pang from Frome went on holiday to Goa on March 8th with her partner Nick Mumford.

Her flight back on March 23rd was cancelled, along with two further scheduled flights for which she bought tickets.

She is now on a waiting list for one of the repatriation flights organised by the UK Government.

There's a lot of stress for everyone here trying to get back. The lack of communication, the uncertainty, and then we were informed the flights are £681 to come back. We are registered on a portal for the repatriation flights to return. That's our only hope now of getting home.

Janet Pang
Janet was due to fly back on March 23rd. Credit: Janet Pang

The Government has been chartering flights from countries where commercial routes are no longer running, to help bring people home.

More than 2,000 people have been brought back from India since 8th April.

Some flights have been oversubscribed and two more have now been added, taking the total number of chartered repatriation flights to the UK from India to 21.

We know there's lots of you British nationals really keen to go home from India. We're doing our best to get you home as fast as we can and we've had great cooperation from the Indian authorities in doing so. We'll continue to work really hard. We want to get you home soon.

Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India

In a statement by the Foreign Office they advise that anyone from the UK travelling abroad returns home now.

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.

Foreign Office travel advice for India