Saturday, August 01, 2020

Covid-19: No shortage of flights from India to UAE

Expatriates stranded in India have said they continue to face "hurdles" in returning to the UAE, even as flights between both countries resumed for a 15-day window until August 15.
Some expats claimed they are struggling to receive the mandatory pre-departure approvals from the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA). A number of UAE residents - whose children are studying in India - said they are still awaiting clarity on whether their kids can return on visit visas.
Others Khaleej Times reached out to said they are finding it difficult to get their PCR Covid-19 negative results from a UAE-approved facility close to their residence.
According to media reports, the Government of India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights until August 31. However, travel will take place under 'travel bubbles' agreement India has signed with various countries. Furthermore, travel agents in the UAE have confirmed that the visit and new entry visa applications to the General Directorate of Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) have been approved and accepted starting Wednesday.
However, airlines such as Air India and Air India Express have asked passengers for visas stamped in their passports to fly.
01/08/20 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khalej Times
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