One of the most popular international destinations for Indians, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) extended the restrictions on Indian flyers till June 30 to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The suspension of Indian passenger flights was initially imposed on April 24 after the second surge in Covid-19 cases in India.
The UAE authorities on May 29 issued a notice on its website stating that the flag carrier of the UAE, Emirates, has suspended Indian passenger flights effective from April 24 to June 30.
Furthermore, passengers who have traversed through India in the past 14 days will not be allowed to travel from any other point to the UAE.
However, UAE citizens, UAE Golden Visa holders and members of diplomatic missions who comply with the reviewed published Covid-19 protocols will be exempt for travel, it clarified.
Saudi Arabia, on the other side, is lifting a ban on travellers arriving from 11 countries, including the UAE, US, UK, Germany, France and Japan that imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus, and travellers from these 11 countries have been allowed to enter Saudi Arabia from Sunday onwards, quoting an Interior Ministry source, SPA reported.
On May 28, the central government, in the meantime, extended the ban on international flights till June 30, the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) said in a circular. But it also mentioned that the Covid-related restrictions are not applied to international all-cargo operations and flights approved by the DGCA.
The circular read, “In partial modification of circular published last year on June 26, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to and from India till 11:59 pm IST of June 30, 2021.”