UAE to Ban All Flights From India for 10 Days Amid COVID-19 Surge

This suspension will be in force for 10 days, starting 25 April. 

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The UAE has banned all flights from India for 10 days starting Sunday, 25 April, amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the latter. The travel ban will remain in place for 10 days and will be subject to a review post that.

Non-UAE citizens will not be allowed entry into the country from 25 April, for 10 days until 4 May, reported Gulf News. Passengers who have travelled through India in the last 14 days will not be permitted to board flights from any other point to the UAE. Indians can enter the UAE only if they have stayed in some other country for 14 days, reported The Times of India.

However, departure flights will still operate and the ban will not extend to UAE citizens, diplomatic passport holders, and official delegations.

Owing to the travel restrictions, international airlines such as Emirates and Etihad will suspend flights from India to the UAE.

However, departure and cargo flights between UAE and India will remain unaffected.

Meanwhile, the UAE has announced that it had given nearly 10 million vaccine doses and warned its citizens that those who remain unvaccinated will have to face curbs on their movement, reported NDTV.

The UAE, as per media reports, has now logged some 5,02,000 COVID-19 cases, which is the highest number among any Gulf state.

India on Thursday, 22 April, reported 3,14,835 fresh COVID-19 cases – the highest one-day spike so far and also the world’s biggest daily spike.

As many as 2,104 COVID fatalities and 1,78,841 discharges in 24 hours were recorded, as per the Union Health Ministry. The total case tally has now reached 1,59,30,965 with 22,91,428 active patients and 1,84,657 deaths. The total number of recoveries, meanwhile, stands at 1,34,54,880.

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