Emirates Airline extends ban on flights from Pakistan, India

By: News Desk      Published: 12:48 PM, 25 Jul, 2021
Emirates Airline extends ban on flights from Pakistan, India
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Dubai-based Emirates Airline has confirmed that flights from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will remain suspended at least until July 28. 

In an update on its website, the carrier also reiterated that passengers who have connected through India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.

The ban on flights from the four nations has been extended several times in the last few weeks. 

Flights from India to the UAE were originally suspended from April 24 due to the massive surge in Covid-19 infection in the country. Meanwhile flights from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka were suspended on May 13.

“In line with UAE government directives, Emirates will be suspending the carriage of passengers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Dubai until 28 July 2021,” the latest update said. 

“UAE nationals, holders of UAE golden visas and members of diplomatic missions who comply with updated Covid‑19 protocols are exempt and may be accepted for travel,” it added.

The airline also stressed that those whose flights had been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to Covid‑19 restrictions can hold on to the tickets until flights resume.

“Our contact centres are experiencing a greater volume of calls than anticipated. If your call is not related to travel within the next 48 hours, please consider calling back later,” it said and added “Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.”