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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Emirates will be operating special repatriation flights to five Indian cities between July 12 and July 26, 2020, to assist stranded Indians get home and for residents of UAE currently in India to return to the UAE.
The flights will be operated to Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
For Bengaluru, Delhi and Kochi there will be two flights daily, whereas for Mumbai there will be three flights daily and for Thiruvananthapuram there will be only one flight daily.
The flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai are subject to state government approval.
Flights can be booked on emirates.com, through travel agents, Emirates’ sales offices and contact centre. Passengers must meet all the entry requirements of the destination to be allowed to board the flights.
In flights from Dubai to India only Indian citizens stranded in the UAE will be allowed to fly from Dubai to the five Indian destinations.
And flights from India to Dubai will be available for UAE nationals and residents with prior entry approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDFRA) for residents of Dubai and ICA approval for residents of other emirates of the UAE.
All passengers travelling from airports in India to Dubai are also required to carry a negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) certificate issued by a laboratory authorised by the government of India to be accepted on the flight.
Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.
Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air. Emirates has modified its services onboard these flights in line with requirements from the authorities. Visit www.emirates.com/wherewefly for more information on the products and services onboard each flight.
Premium customers travelling from Dubai can now also enjoy Emirates’ Chauffeur Drive service and relax in its Lounge facility at Dubai International airport, with the restart of these signature services after a full health and safety review.
Emirates continues to offer customers a wide range of travel options. The airline’s network will encompass 58 cities by mid-August covering destinations across six continents.
Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries.
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