The embassy of India in Abu Dhabi on Monday issued an advisory and asked Indian nationals not to travel to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait via the UAE and get stranded in this country.
This comes after the hundreds of Indians nationals are stranded in Dubai after Saudi Arabia’s announced the ban on entry of people from 20 foreign countries because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region.
The advisory issued by the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi said, “It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General of India, Dubai that several Indian nationals intending to travel to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have got stranded in UAE.”
“Due to COVID-related restrictions on incoming passengers, currently, it is not possible for Indian nationals to transit via Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.”
Advisory for Indian Nationals travelling to Saudi Arabia or Kuwait via UAE 👇@AmbKapoor @IndianDiplomacy @cgidubai @MOS_MEA @MEAIndia @IndianEmbRiyadh @indembkwt @MOS_MEA @DrSJaishankar @harshvshringla pic.twitter.com/D5jcGv0SbB— India in UAE (@IndembAbuDhabi) February 8, 2021
The UAE has recorded a slight uptick in its daily count of COVID-19 cases in the last month when the economy reopened.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai are major transit points for Indian flyers traveling to other Gulf countries, even North Africa and Europe.
The Indian Embassy in its advisory further stated that “All Indian nationals are therefore advised to kindly ascertain the latest COVID-related travel guidelines of their final destination country before embarking on an outward journey from India. They are also advised to carry enough personal provisions and funds to cater to any emergent requirements.”
It must be noted that Saudi Arabia suspended entry to the Kingdom for non-citizens from 20 countries, including India and Pakistan, as it stepped up efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the official Saudi Press Agency reported last Tuesday, citing an official source at the Interior Ministry.
All those Indian nationals, who are already in the UAE en route to Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, are advised to consider returning to India and to make their further travel plans only after the restrictions in the final destination countries are lifted.