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Emirates suspends flights from India to the UAE

Anas YassinUpdated: Saturday Jul 3, 2021

Manama :  Dubai-based Emirates has suspended all passenger flights from India effective until further notice, the airline said its website said on Friday.

Passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be permitted to board from any other point to the UAE, the statement added.

UAE Nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions who comply with the COVID-19 protocols will be exempted from the ban, said the carrier.

On June 25, the General of Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE extended suspension of flights from India and 13 other countries till July 21. Cargo flights as well as business and charter flights would continue to be exempted from the restrictions.

Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the UAE, has also announced that it would extend the suspension of flights from five countries, including India, until July 21. The national carrier said passenger flights from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka have been extended.

Last week, India extended its international flights ban until July 31. In a travel update to its customers, Air India recently announced that their service would not be available between the UAE and India till July 21.

Amid a massive surge in both Covid cases and deaths in India, the UAE suspended all incoming flights on national and foreign carriers from India starting April 25. Following this, Emirates had suspended passenger flights from India from April 24 until June 30.

Meanwhile, the UAE prohibited its citizens from travelling to 14 countries, including India as a Covid precautionary measure.