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The UAE and India have agreed to operate special flights to repatriate Indians and bring back stranded residents between the two countries.
The flights will operate for 15 days starting from July 12, and continue till July 26.
India’s Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, said on Twitter, “Indian carriers operating repatriation flights & UAE carriers operating charter flights to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India can now carry ICA approved UAE residents from India to UAE. This arrangement will be in place for a period of 15 days from 12-26 July, 2020.
As part of the close strategic partnership between the Govts of India & UAE, and with a view to assisting UAE residents who are presently in India to return to UAE, the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise a special arrangement.”
The information issued by Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on repatriation flights to UAE reads, “As part of the close strategic partnership between the Governments of India and the UAE, and with a view to assisting UAE resident nationals who are presently in India to return to the UAE, the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise the following arrangement from 12 July, 2020:
“Charter flights operated by UAE carriers to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India will be allowed to carry ICA approved UAE residents (returning to UAE from India) on their return leg (India to UAE).
“Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India will be allowed to carry the ICA approved UAE residents (returning to UAE from India) on the outward journey from India to UAE.
“On the India to UAE journey, all these flights will carry only those passengers who are destined for the UAE.
“This arrangement will be initially in place for a period of 15 days. i.e. from 12 July 2020 to 26 July 2020 after which it will be reviewed, as required.”
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