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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, confirmed the suspension of all passenger flights from India effective until further notice.
The decision was taken in light of the spike in coronavirus cases in India and the emergence of new COVID variants.
The airline responded to Almas Shaikh’s query and confirmed the news.
Almas asked Emirates, “When will India to Dubai flights resume for vaccinated residents of UAE? Are the flights going to resume from 7th July onwards?
"Please give us an update at the earliest. We are stranded in India and waiting for the flights to resume since 23rd June.”
Emirates wrote, “Hi Almas. We're yet to receive further updates regarding the new travel protocols.
“We'll announce flight schedules and travel requirements as soon as we have more information. Keep an eye on our travel updates on our website.”
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The airline also responded to queries from a stranded UAE resident, Rishabh Ambadkar, and wrote, “The suspension of our flights from India got extended.”
The UAE aviation authority said that all flights from India are suspended till July 21, while India suspended all international flights till July 31.
The authorities also said that the suspension would be extended if the situation remains grim.
The airline also said that passengers would not be permitted to travel to the UAE if he/ she has transited through India in the past 14 days.
However, Emiratis, Golden Visas holders and diplomatic missions’ staff would be allowed to travel if they agree to the latest travel measures.
The UAE authorities have approved the Covishield vaccine for Indian travellers. The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is being sold in India under the brand name Covishield.
Following are the vaccines approved by the UAE:
The move comes on the back of the decision by the Indian government to restore international flights to and from the country in line with established bilateral agreements from the end of March 2022.
The Airlines on its website said that according to government directives, it won’t be carrying passengers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka until July 21, 2021.
Emirates may resume flights between India-Dubai from July 7, the airline has confirmed to some residents stranded in India due to the flight suspension, citing spike in COVID cases in the Asian country.
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