Thursday, February 18, 2021

Free air tickets for Indian passengers stranded in UAE

The Consulate-General of India in Dubai has offered to provide free repatriation tickets to Indian citizens who are stranded in the UAE.

They were supposed to fly to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait but got stuck in the country because of Covid travel restrictions.

The tickets would be issued on a ‘means-tested' basis to those who cannot afford to buy them, a consulate official told Khaleej Times.

The tickets are sponsored under the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) and will be offered to individuals who do not have the means to return.

Indian community groups and budget carrier Air India Express are also offering special all-inclusive fares of Dh285 and Dh330, respectively.

The decision to provide free air tickets follows an advisory issued by the Indian missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, discouraging Indians from travelling to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait via the UAE. The mission also urged stranded citizens to return home.

'The current travel situation is highly dynamic and we have urged Indians to avoid planning travels until their destination countries clear the entry restrictions, the official said.

Most of the stranded travellers were exoats who wanted to return to their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

17/02/21 Khaleej Times/MENAFN

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