UAE travel ban: Expats in crisis, ticket rate soars
Dubai: The travel ban imposed by UAE after Covid surge in India put many expats in crisis. UAE imposed a ban on Indians to enter the country for 10 days from April 24 evening considering the Covid situation. Those who came to India were running for flight tickets.
Also the new rule in Dubai that Covid RT-PCR negative result obtained within 48 hours should be produced, is causing difficulty to the passengers.
Majority of the people who went to their native places for Ramzan will return after the event. There are other people who took short period of leave for wedding and medical requirements. The work visa, resident visa and partner visa of some other people will expire in 10 days.
Those who bought tickets to go home from UAE had to cancel journey due to the restrictions. Some of them even spent over 1000 Dirhams (approximately Rs 20,404) for tickets. Etihad Airways, Emirates and Fly Dubai flight companies have made arrangements for refund or rebooking.
Private tour operators and travel agencies are arranging special chartered flights for helping the people who are trapped abroad. Only Qatar and Bahrain allow Indians enter the country adhering to restrictions.