India Working Towards Resumption of Scheduled International Flights, Says External Affairs Minister

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The government of India is working towards the resumption of scheduled international flights, says External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Saturday at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dr. S Jaishankar toured the India pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on 13th November 2021. The tour was followed by a press interaction in the multipurpose hall at the pavilion.

“We are moving towards resumption of scheduled flights. That move is progressing towards normalcy.”

Said, Dr. S Jaishankar while addressing the media

The External Affairs Minister also added that India has been resilient in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. “There are two things that we are focused on – recovery from Covid and reviving the economy. In the next few months, we will know that who has been resilient and who is lacking.”

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Commenting on India-UAE relations, he added: “UAE is one of our most important partners and it is reflected in our trade figures.”

India Urges UAE To Remove Rapid PCR Test Requirement

The Indian Ambassador to UAE Pavan Kapoor said that the high cost of the Rapid PCR test at the airport is also an issue often raised by passengers traveling to the UAE.

India requested UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) to remove the rapid RT-PCR test requirement for travelers from India at the airport.

“We have formally taken it up with the UAE government. We have told them given the level of vaccination in India, given the low level of COVID-19 cases now and the fact that these vaccines are recognized now, we have suggested that they should try and remove this Rapid PCR requirement at the airport. We think it is in keeping with the situation.

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“They promised to take it up with national NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority), the national health authority which will take the final call on this matter. So we are hopeful that there will be serious consideration about this.”


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