COVID-19: UAE suspends flights from India beginning April 25


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Dubai: The UAE has suspended all passenger flights from India with impact from 11.59pm on April 24, authorities confirmed on Thursday night.

The Common Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Nationwide Emergency Disaster and Disasters Emergency Administration Authority (NCEMA) have introduced the suspension of all inbound flights for nationwide and worldwide carriers coming from India, WAM reported.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the authorities mentioned passengers coming from India via different international locations should have stayed in these international locations for not lower than 14 days to be allowed to enter the nation, as of 23.59 on Saturday, April 24, 2021, for a interval of 10 days that may be prolonged.

The journey ban consists of inbound transit passengers with exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and heading to India.

The authorities confirmed that UAE nationals, diplomatic passport holders, official delegations, enterprise flights, and golden residence visa holders are excluded from this choice, supplied they comply with sure precautionary measures.

The preventive measures for them embrace a 10-day quarantine interval and PCR exams on arrival on the airport in addition to on the fourth and eighth days after coming into the nation.

Additionally, they need to carry unfavorable experiences of PCR exams taken inside 48 hours, (as a substitute of 72 or 96 hours) previous to the departure from accredited laboratories that concern the QR Code for the unique check experiences.

This is available in response to the proactive precautionary and preventive well being measures issued by all authorities involved within the nation to restrict the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic, the assertion added.

Passenger flights from the UAE to India and cargo flights between the 2 international locations will stay unaffected. The GCAA clarified this in a tweet late Thursday.

The tweet, in Arabic, learn: “The Common Authority of Civil Aviation signifies that flights departing from the UAE to India won’t cease through the suspension interval for travellers from India.”

Affected passengers

The GCAA known as on all travellers affected by the choice to comply with up and talk with the airways to schedule their flights and to make sure their protected return to their ultimate locations with none delay or different obligations.

Affected clients ought to contact their journey agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking choices, Emirates mentioned on its web site.

“If a passenger’s flight has been cancelled they are going to be provided a refund or the choice to rebook to a later date,” flydubai mentioned in a press release to Gulf Information.

Etihad mentioned it’s working carefully with impacted company to inform them of the modifications to their itineraries.

“Company who’ve bought their tickets via a journey agent are suggested to contact the company from which they bought their ticket for help.”

Responding to the announcement of the journey curbs, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor informed Gulf Information: “I’ve been assured by the UAE civil aviation authority that fights will not be being suspended and solely non-exempt passengers might be barred from flying into the UAE through the restricted interval. Flights will proceed to function between the international locations.”

“We respect the choice of the UAE Authorities. We’ll proceed to work with them carefully within the space of healthcare, together with on coping with the continued COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

Anil Punjabi, chairman, Jap Area, Journey Brokers’ Federation of India, mentioned journey brokers in India additionally obtained the notification.

“The journey and tourism sector in India have already been hit exhausting by the pandemic. Additional flight suspensions are an extra blow,” Punjabi mentioned.

New curbs amid highest tally

India recorded the world’s highest every day tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on Thursday as a second wave of the pandemic raised new fears in regards to the capacity of crumbling well being providers to manage, based on a Reuters report.

The UAE is the newest nation to curb journey from India in view of the surge in COVID-19 circumstances within the nation, which has put India’s healthcare system in an unprecedented disaster.

The UK on Monday imposed its strictest journey curbs on India after an explosion of coronavirus circumstances there, hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson known as off a visit to New Delhi.

On Wednesday, Oman introduced it’ll bar entry to arrivals from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh beginning April 24, as a part of measures to comprise the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entry ban for passengers from India to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait continues.

Earlier this week, Dubai airways Emirates and flydubai joined Indian airways to announce that passengers from India to Dubai should carry unfavorable experiences of COVID-19 RT-PCR exams carried out inside 48 hours previous to their departure with impact from April 22, Thursday.

Passengers flying from India to Dubai until the journey restrictions turn out to be efficient are anticipated to comply with the identical.

Steady monitoring

The UAE authorities mentioned the choice to droop flights got here after learning and evaluating the epidemiological state of affairs within the pleasant nation of India and inside the framework of steady coordination and cooperation with all related authorities inside and out of doors the nation that repeatedly monitor developments within the state of affairs to keep up the safety and security of civil aviation.”

The authorities involved, underneath the umbrella of the NCEMA, comply with up the worldwide state of affairs to take acceptable choices that make sure the continuity of the work system inside the nation, whereas on the similar time lowering the chance of the unfold of the pandemic.


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