Budget carrier Air India Express on Friday announced that it will offer a special all-inclusive fare of AED 330 for Keralites who are stranded in Dubai and Sharjah (UAE) due to the recent flight ban by Saudi Arabia.
“special all-inclusive fare” of Dh330 to stranded Non-Resident Keralites in Dubai and Sharjah who wish to return to Kerala but faced difficulty due to the recent entry restrictions introduced by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.” Air India Express said on its official Twitter account.
#FlyWithIX: Attention Non-Resident Keralites who wish to return to Kerala due to the recent entry restrictions in #SaudiArabia and #Kuwait!#NORKA@Norka_Roots @indembkwt @IndianEmbRiyadh pic.twitter.com/qnB0U8sdwX— Air India Express (@FlyWithIX) February 12, 2021
This comes after many Indians especially Keralites are stranded in Dubai and Sharjah after Saudi Arabia’s announced the ban on entry of people from 20 foreign countries including India to contain the surge in Covid-19 cases.
As per the officials from the Indian Consulate in Dubai, since December 2020, around 600 Indians, who wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia, are stranded in the UAE.
Earlier this week, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has issued an advisory and asked Indian nationals not to travel to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait via the UAE and get stranded in this country.
Moreover, the Embassy in Saudi Arabia has also issued an advisory for Indians and said “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vide its circular dated 2nd February 2021 has temporarily suspended entry into the Kingdom for passengers coming from the following 19 countries, in addition to India.“
Advisory for Indian nationals intending to travel to Saudi Arabia pic.twitter.com/akai0uxGQO— India in Saudi Arabia (@IndianEmbRiyadh) February 11, 2021
“Those Indian citizens desirous of coming to Saudi Arabia are advised not to transit through any of the above countries. All Indian nationals are also advised to kindly ascertain COVID-related travel current guidelines at the time of travel, both in the country of transit as well as in Saudi Arabia.” the embassy added further.
Saudi Arabia on 03rd February announced a temporary suspension for entry to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been enforced on non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners, and their families coming from 20 countries.