Emirates extends suspension of flights from Pakistan till July 28

Web DeskWeb Editor

24th Jul, 2021. 02:36 pm

Emirates airline has further extended the suspension of its flights from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka until July 28, Khaleej Times reported.

In response to a query on Twitter, Emirates airline clarified that passengers who have connected through these countries over the last 14 days, too, will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.

The airline urged people to check travel updates as the situation ‘can change at any time’.

UAE nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions who comply with updated Covid-19 protocols are exempted and may be accepted for travel, Emirates said.

National carrier Etihad Airways also announced an extension of flight suspensions from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, noting that operations were suspended until July 31.

Inbound passenger travel from 16 countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been suspended in UAE.

Travel from Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia is also suspended.

The General Civil Aviation Authority, last week, maintained the status quo on the previously issued travel restrictions.

Further, the GCAA barred all the UAE nationals, with the exception of diplomats and those suffering from medical emergencies, from travelling to these countries, as well.

The circular said: “The current development on the Covid-19 pandemic leads the UAE to impose new flight and passengers’ restrictions. The UAE government is closely monitoring the situation and will provide further updates and instructions as necessary.”

The GCAA said the circular has been issued to “harmonise flight and passenger restrictions among all above countries”.

The circular reiterated several previously issued travel protocols, including allowing entry only to the UAE citizens, diplomats, and golden and silver visa residency  holders.

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