With scores of Indians wanting to return to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), mostly due to professional reasons, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has decided to resume international travel.
Air India and Air India Express will operate a limited number of flights to the UAE from July 12 to July 26, as part of the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). On the other hand, a few of the UAE airlines will also be operating flights to India to fetch those wanting to return to the middle-eastern country.
Indians stranded in the UAE will be accommodated in the returning Air India and Air India Express flights as well as in the incoming flights operated by the UAE carriers. The UAE nationals stranded in India will be flown back to their country in a similar manner.
Eligibility criteria to travel to the UAE
As of now, only those having valid residency visas or work permits will be allowed to travel to the UAE.
Additionally, passengers travelling on India-UAE flights will be required to carry a negative report of the COVID-19 PCR test. The test should have been conducted not more than 96 hours before departure.
The MoCA, in a statement informing about the development, said, “Charter flights operated by UAE carriers to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India will be allowed to carry ICA approved UAE residents (returning to UAE from India) on their return leg (India to UAE).”
“Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring Indian citizens from UAE to India will be allowed to carry the ICA approved UAE residents (returning to UAE from India) on the outward journey from India to UAE,” it added.
Presently, the government of India is in talks with the authorities of several other countries such as the United States, France and Germany to establish arrangements that would allow their airlines to operate international flights.
Indian had suspended international travel on March 23 to combat the novel coronavirus.