Inbound passenger traffic from India will continue to remain suspended until further notice, an official at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced.
“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,” the official said, adding that “there are no new developments on this front.”
India has been coping with a severe second wave of Covid-19. Suspension of inbound passenger traffic from India was first announced by the NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority) and GCAA on 24th April for 10 days.
Thereafter, the authorities on 5th May announced that the suspension on entry of travellers from India would be indefinite.
On 19th June, the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced the latest protocols which enables safe resumption of travel from India to Dubai from 23rd June. However, the flight operations are yet to resume on airline websites.
Further to this, Emirates airline informed its passengers that flights from India to Dubai continue to remain suspended, stating that the situation is dynamic, and that any change in travel guidelines or protocols will be updated immediately.
Although both Emirates and Flydubai have made seats available from various Indian cities on their websites starting 7th July, it is yet to be clear if the dates indicate end of inbound passenger suspension.
However, both countries will continue to permit travel of passengers of the exempted group between the two countries. Among the exempted travellers are the UAE nationals, official delegations, those on diplomatic mission accredited by two countries, and those travelling on business planes, golden or silver residence holders.
However, they will have to follow the preventive measures, including the 10-day quarantine and PCR testing at the airport on the fourth and eighth day upon entering the UAE.