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UAE extends India, Pakistan flights ban till July 21

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced that flights from India, Pakistan to UAE are to remain suspended until July 21, amid continued concerns spread of coronavirus.

In a latest update, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) not only has the flight suspension to India been extended, but also 14 other countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and South Africa, as well as other African nations.

Arab media reported that India has found 48 cases of the Delta-plus Covid-19 variant across 11 states, but authorities say it is too early to tell whether it poses a significant threat like the strain that drove the nation’s devastating second wave, swamping the health system and overwhelming crematoriums.

The ban on passenger flights was scheduled to be lifted on July 6, but the decision has now been taken to extend the ban.

The decision does not include cargo, chartered flights and special flights. Authorities had previously issued a clarification that only passengers with a valid residence visa who have received both doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, would be allowed to travel to Dubai from India – this includes Sinopharm, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca (Covishield) and Pfizer-Biontech, as per the international media.

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