The family of a woman who is stuck in India are struggling to bring her home as Covid cases in the country surge.
Frina Mehta, 29, her father and younger brother expected mum, Shaila to fly back to England on April 9 but her flight was cancelled.
Shaila, from the Abbey Lane area, travelled to Gujarat on March 14 after her mum, Frina’s grandmother, became severely ill.
She had wanted to visit earlier because her father had died, but was prevented from travelling at the time due to Covid restrictions.
Now, after a massive rise in cases in India and the country has been added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’ and Frina is struggling to get her mum home.
“When we found her fight was cancelled the first time we were really worried,” Frina said.
“Things started to get bad there before she was due to come back so we had even tried to get her a flight back sooner,” she said.
Shaila’s flight has now been cancelled for the third time leaving her riddled with ‘anxiety’.
The 54-year-old had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine ahead of her trip, but her daughter told LeicestershireLive that she is still worried about passing the virus onto other people.
As Covid cases in India mount, Frina said it has been “impossible” to get her mum a flight back as seats are either booked very quickly, or planned flights are cancelled.
And now that India has been added to the list of country’s under the travel ban, Frina said return tickets have become “very expensive”.
To get a direct flight home, Shaila would have to first travel from Gujarat to Delhi or Mumbai. In Delhi, India’s capital, hospital beds and oxygen have been in desperately short supply.
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Frina says she has contacted the British Embassy in India in a bid to get her mum home, but said they could not help.
“I’m constantly on video calls to my mum and she’s becoming increasingly worried,” she said.
“I think it’s causing her anxiety because her jobs back in Leicester are on the line too.”
Frina said she has been in regular contact with Citibond Travel in Belgrave hoping to get a flight for her mum.
A worker from the travel agency said: “Everyone is trying to rush back from India at once and because of the restrictions there, most airlines have cancelled their flights.
“There are flights coming but most are getting cancelled so it’s difficult to get one.
“When there more updates from the UK government around travel rules, things will hopefully become more clear,” he said.
Frina and her family are now appealing to anyone who can help to bring her mum home.