In its travel update on its website Emirates has said that as directed by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Emirates will not accept non‑Saudi national passengers on flights from Dubai to Saudi Arabia, with immediate effect and until further notice.
British and Irish citizens and people who have residence rights in the UK can enter, as commercial flights are not banned. However, they must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days at their own expense and must take a COVID-19 test on days two and eight of their self-isolation.
Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff. Others want to create a reservist "army" of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.
"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation circular read.
The move, announced by the US Department of Transportation, penalises China after Beijing failed to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the world's two largest economies.
After the medical check-up and the coronavirus test, the passengers will be allowed to go their homes, instead of the quarantine centre, if they do not show any COVID-19 symptoms.
In a statement by the airline on Thursday, flights can be booked on emirates website or via travel agents, Emirates sales office and contact centre. Passengers will be required to comply with all requirements of the destination country.
Passenger Zafar Iqbal told The Associated Press that the flight crew consoled passengers when the plane made unusual noises and "when the plane landed at the Karachi airport, then the crew shared only this information that there was a fault in a part of the plane but we safely landed.”
In a video message, Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai and Northern Emirates has said that the Dubai mission in collaboration with its partners has facilitated 110 special flights from Dubai to repatriate around 22,000 stranded Pakistan till date.