Update: The UAE has extended the ban on passengers or those who have travelled/transited from India until May 31, 2021.
Earlier today, I wrote about the change of stance of one of India’s biggest recipient of tourists, Dubai, who would now insist on a 48-hour sample collection for the RT-PCR negative report as compared to the earlier 72-hour reports they have been asking for a long while. However, things have moved fast, and Emirates has now made further changes.
As per Emirates, the Dubai-based global airline and Air Arabia will not be carrying passengers originating from India into Dubai and onwards from Dubai for ten days starting April 24, 2021. That means no Indian passport holder can travel from India to Dubai from April 24 onwards to May 31, 2021, if originating from India.
The airline will continue to fly passengers to India and operate cargo flights. Amongst all of this, UAE Nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions who comply with the revised published COVID‑19 protocols will be exempt for travel.
Here is an Emirates Travel Update posted this evening:
As per various preliminary reports, the arrival of Indians from other countries will also be stopped unless the Indian passenger has been in the other country for at least 14 days.
Here is an Emirates trade note in this regard.
Here is a trade note put out by AirArabia for their customers to this effect.
Later in the evening, even Etihad has stopped accepting Indian passengers into the UAE.
Remember, India-UAE is the most popular route for Indian airlines, and other airlines should be making similar notifications sooner than later.
If you were scheduled to fly from India to Dubai/Abu Dhabi or any other Emirates over the coming days, please recheck your plans. Airlines such as Etihad/Emirates and Air Arabia have already notified that they won’t be flying passengers from India to the UAE or onwards for ten days but will operate flights in the return direction to bring Indians home.
What do you make of this stance of the UAE disallowing passengers to fly from India to the UAE?
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