Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Indian man, pregnant wife, stranded at Abu Dhabi airport due to coronavirus

Abu Dhabi: An Indian man and his Ukrainian wife who is six-months pregnant are both stranded at Abu Dhabi Airport since early Tuesday morning due to travel restrictions imposed in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rana Mukherji, 41 and Tetyana Polunina, 34, were looking to leave the country as their UAE residence visas had expired.

Initially, the couple planned to travel to India for the delivery, but when Polunina’s OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) application couldn’t be processed even after one month, they decided to fly to the US instead.

However, as luck would have it, the US immigration didn’t allow Polunina to board the plane because of her advanced pregnancy. Worse, Mukherjee said, the immigration authorities cancelled their visas for not disclosing the pregnancy.

“This has left us in quandary,” said Mukherji who had a flight to Chicago on Tuesday.
17/03/20 Gulf News
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