The UAE has extended the suspension imposed on entry of passengers flying from India into the country until May 14 on account of the COVID-19 situation.
The UAE had announced the suspension of entry of passengers from India from midnight on April 25 until May 4. The only exceptions to the ban on entry are UAE nationals, diplomats and persons holding golden residency visas.
On Thursday evening, Emirates airlines and media outlets in the UAE confirmed that the suspension on entry had been extended until May 14. Emirates confirmed the extension of the suspension while replying to queries on Twitter. “Hi, Yes. The suspension of flights from India is extended till the 14th of May 2021. DM us for more information,” the Emirates Support handle responded to one user.
Gulf News reported that an advisory had been issued to trade partners that stated, "Passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE." Khaleej Times reported, "Multiple travel agents in the UAE confirmed receiving the circular."
Anil Punjabi, chairman, Eastern Region, Travel Agents Federation, told Gulf News, "Most passengers are stuck losing business and commitments and apprehension is that it may further get suspended. In that case, there will be a massive financial loss.”