Sunday, April 25, 2021

Kuwait indefinitely suspends passenger flights from India

Kuwait has decided to indefinitely suspend all direct commercial flights from India starting 12.01am on Saturday, April 24.

The country’s Directorate of Civil Aviation issued a circular to airlines on Friday, April 23, stating that the restrictions were being imposed on the advice of health authorities in Kuwait who were monitoring the Covid-19 situation globally.

All passengers arriving from India either directly or via another country will be banned from entering unless they have spent at least 14 days outside of India, the circular added.

Exemptions to the flight and entry ban of passengers from India will apply to Kuwaiti citizens, their first degree relatives (husband-wife-children) and their domestic workers, who will be allowed to enter Kuwait.

The operations of freight flight between India and Kuwait will remain unaffected by this directive.

There has been a record spike in infections within India over the past few days prompting other GCC countries to adopt similar precautionary measures.

The UAE’s General Authority of Civil Aviation and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Friday that entry from India will be suspended for all incoming flights on national and foreign carriers, as well as those carrying transit passengers, with the exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and heading onward to India. This decision includes the entry of travelers who were in India in the last 14 days prior to coming to the UAE, reported state-run news agency WAM.

25/04/21 Varun Godinho/Gulf Business

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