Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus quarantine: Airlines experience surge from UAE passengers to India

Dubai: Several hundred Indian expatriates and visitors rushed to UAE airports on Tuesday, March 17, in a bid to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine that has been put into place for all flight passengers from UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait by the Government of India.

On Monday, March 16, the Indian Ministry of Health extended its compulsory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days for all passengers coming in from and transiting through the above-mentioned GCC nations. The decision will come into effect from 1200 GMT (4pm UAE time) on March 18 at the port of first departure, confirmed Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul. These instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till March 31, and will be reviewed subsequently.

As expected, there were a rush of Indian travellers at the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah airports. Even though there weren't any visible rush at the airport counters, Indian airline officials in the UAE said they had several new bookings and preponing of flights.

An official statement from Air India said, "Currently, we are experiencing an extraordinarily high volume of calls in our office. We are constantly working to cope with the demand."
18/03/20 Ashwani Kumar and Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times
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