UAE extends ban on flights from Pakistan till July 21

UAE extends ban on flights from Pakistan till July 21

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According to Gulf News reports, the United Arab Emirates has extended the ban on flights from Pakistan and 13 other countries until July 21, citing the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued in this regard.

Other countries include India, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka.

In the notice, the Federal Aviation Administration stated that cargo flights and commercial and charter flights will receive exceptions.

Dubai is a commercial and tourist center and is the most populous of the seven emirates in the UAE. Throughout the pandemic, the seven emirates of the UAE have formulated some of their own COVID-19 policies.

Dubai said on June 19 that the entry ban on people who have visited India, Nigeria and South Africa in the past 14 days will be relaxed from June 23.

Under these changes, UAE residents who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in India, anyone who has been fully vaccinated in South Africa, and Nigerians who have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 48 hours will be allowed to enter.

A GCAA representative said on Sunday that those from India are still barred from entering the UAE, but postponed to make further comments to the Dubai government. The Dubai Media Office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Dubai’s Emirates airline said on Twitter flights from India were available from July 7 but cautioned that could change.

“We’re waiting for the exact travel protocols and guidelines before we can resume.”

Dubai reopened its borders to foreign visitors in July, while Abu Dhabi requires arrivals from most countries to quarantine.

A national ban on entry from India began in April as India faced a surge in coronavirus infections.

Certain individuals, such as UAE citizens and diplomats, have been exempted from entry bans. 

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