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Suspension of India-UAE flights extended until July 21

Anas YassinUpdated: Sunday Jun 27, 2021

Manama :  The UAE has extended suspension of flights from India till July 21. However, cargo flights as well as business and charter flights will continue to be exempted from the restrictions.

The General of Civil Aviation Authority issued an order Saturday extending the suspension of national and international flights from India and 13 other countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, Nigeria and South Africa till 23:59 hrs of July 21, 2021.

Flight service from India was expected to resume on June 23 after Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced that residence visa holders from India who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, would be allowed to return. And airlines have currently opened bookings from July 6 onwards.

The supreme committee also said passengers from India were required to undergo a PCR test 48 hours prior to departure and a rapid PCR test four hours before departure. However, industry sources said that the ban was imposed due to the lack of rapid test facility for passengers at Indian airports.

Passenger flights from India to the UAE was suspended on April 24 due to the dramatic surge in covid cases and variants in India and the severity of the pandemic has meant that even after nearly two months there is no sign of the same resuming anytime in a hurry.

The travel suspension includes inbound transit passengers with exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and heading to India.