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Emirates extends India flight ban

Flights from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will also be suspended until 25 July

Emirates Airlines has confirmed that it will continue to suspend flights from India in addition to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The extension of the suspension takes place with immediate effect and will last until 25 July 2021.

The suspension of travel from India to UAE initially began on 24 April 2021, when India was in the midst of its second wave of Covid-19.

The airline clarified the new regulation via a statement on its website. It said: “In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending the carriage of passengers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Dubai until 25 July 2021.

“Furthermore, passengers who have connected through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.”

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Though the suspension will remain in place for most travellers, there are exceptions. UAE citizens and passengers who hold a UAE Golden Visa or are part of a diplomatic mission will be allowed to travel, providing they adhere to the Covid-19 protocol implemented by the local government. 

Emirates has stated that those passengers impacted by cancellation or suspension of affected routes will be able to retain their ticket until the airline is able to honour the flight. 

Click here to read the full statement on the Emirates website.

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