The Dubai-based Emirates has started operating repatriation flights to five Indian cities which include Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram.
Beginning July 12, Emirates has started operating special repatriation flights to assist stranded travelers to get back to India and for UAE residents, currently in India, to return to their homes.
Emirates will operate these special flights between July 12 and 26 with twice-daily flights from Bengaluru, Delhi, and Kochi, thrice daily from Mumbai and once daily from Thiruvananthapuram.
The flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai are subject to state government approval.
To travel in these special flights passengers have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate, issued by a laboratory authorized by the government of India.
As per the airline, all the passengers must meet all the entry and exit requirements of the destination to be allowed to board the flights. Only Indian citizens stranded in the UAE will be allowed to travel from Dubai to India.
The flights from India to Dubai will be available for UAE nationals and residents on the basis of prior entry approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDFRA) for residents of Dubai and ICA approval for residents of other emirates of the UAE.
All passengers traveling from airports in India to Dubai also are required to hold a negative RT-PCR certificate issued by a laboratory, authorized by the govt of India, to be accepted on the flight. Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.
Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to make sure the protection of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air. Emirates has modified its services onboard these flights in line with requirements from the authorities.
Along with Emirates, flydubai will also be operating repatriation flights to India.
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