Covid cases in India, are at its highest ever, and several countries across the globe have closed borders for tourists from India. And now, UAE has also banned flights from India until 14 June 2021. However, an article from Khaleej Times revealed that Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE Ambassador to India, is positive that India-UAE flights is likely to resume after 14 June.
When Is The Ban Likely To End?
Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE Ambassador to India is positive that the ban would be removed post 14 June. However, he added that it is subject to the situation in India.
Until When Are Flights From India To The UAE Banned?
Emirates call centre clarified that inbound flights from India to the UAE will be banned until 14 June.
What Is The New Rule For Incoming Flights From India To The UAE?
The suspension includes travellers from India on national and international carriers as well as transit passengers coming from India. However, transit flights travelling to the UAE and bound for India are exempted from the ban. In addition, entry is also banned for travellers who were in India 14-days prior to arrival in the UAE.
Who Is Exempted From The Ban?
As per the new rule, arrival passengers from India through other countries are not allowed to enter unless they were staying for 14 days in those countries. However, cargo flights between the two countries will continue, as usual.
The GCAA affirmed that UAE nationals, diplomatic passport holders, official delegations, business flights, and golden residence holders are exempted from this decision. However, in the event of them travelling, all passengers must follow a 10-day quarantine, undergo a PCR test at the airport as well as another test on the fourth and eighth days of entering the country. The test results will only be accepted from authorised labs which generate a QR code.
According to the decision, the period of PCR test is reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours, provided that the tests issued by accredited laboratories bearing the QR Code are accepted. This comes in response to the proactive precautionary and preventive health measures issued by all concerned authorities in the country to limit the spread of the COVID pandemic-19, the statement added.
The GCAA earlier said, “The decision to suspend flights came after studying and evaluating the epidemiological situation in the friendly Republic of India and within the framework of continuous coordination and cooperation with all relevant authorities inside and outside the country that continuously monitor developments in the situation to maintain the security and safety of civil aviation.”
The concerned authorities, under the umbrella of the NCEMA, follow up the global situation to take appropriate decisions that ensure the continuity of the work system within the country, while at the same time reducing the risk of the spread of the pandemic.
The authority called on all travellers affected by the decision to follow up and communicate with the airlines to amend and schedule their flights and to ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delay or other obligations.
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