UAE suspends flights from India amid Covid-19 surge
International carrier Emirates on Thursday said that it will be suspending flights between Dubai and India for 10 days from 25 April owing to the surge in novel coronavirus cases in India, according to a report.
The news comes after several countries across the world have put India on their travel ban list. The US, Hong Kong, the UK have already released fresh travel advisories for their citizens, asking them to avoid traveling to/from India. The travel ban will come into effect from 11.59 pm on Saturday, April 24, and is subject to review after 10 days.
“The decision to suspend flights came after studying and evaluating the epidemiological situation in the friendly Republic of India,” the General Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement carried on state news agency WAM.
The GCAA said that those coming from India through other countries must stay in that third destination for at least 14 days. UAE nationals and passengers in private jets are exempt from that requirement.
However, cargo flights between the two countries will continue after the ban, which comes into effect on April 25 for a period of 10 days “that can be extended”.
A 10-day quarantine will be mandatory for these above-mentioned passengers; they will have to undergo PCR testing on the day of arrival, day 4 and on day 8 and the validity of the PCR tests before departure should have been reduced to 48 hours from 72 hours, the statement said. The test results will only be accepted from authorized labs that generate a QR code.