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UAE extends Indian flight ban indefinitely

Officials say the decision was made to ensure health and safety of all parties involved

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has clarified that inbound flights from India to the UAE have been suspended until further notice.

A spokesperson stated: “As far as inbound passenger traffic from India is concerned, the status quo remains. We are closely monitoring the situation in India, and a decision on when to lift the suspension on inbound travellers will be taken, keeping in mind the safety and security of all parties involved.”

Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates Airlines informed its passengers on social media that flights from India to Dubai remain suspended at present and that any change in travel protocols and guidelines would be updated immediately.

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Flights between the two countries will continue to allow passengers from the UAE to India and the transfer of  people who are exempt from the ban from India to the UAE. Exempt travellers include UAE citizens, those on diplomatic missions accredited by the two countries, official delegations, those travelling on business and golden visa holders.

These travellers will still be subject to preventive measures, including a 10-day quarantine and PCR testing at the airport, and on the fourth and eighth days after entering the country, according to GCAA.

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