As per the report of Business Standard, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has imposed a ban on IndiGo flights until 24th August 2021.
The suspension on IndiGo flights came into effect from Tuesday 17th August, for carrying passengers who had not undergone an RT-PCR test at the departure airport.
IndiGo in a statement said that all flights to UAE stand canceled till 24th August due to operational issues.
“We have informed all our passengers and will support them with refunds or accommodation in other flights once we resume operations,” IndiGo further added.
We have informed all our passengers and will support them with refunds or accommodation in other flights once we resume operations,”
It is important to note that starting from 05th August UAE has allowed entry of stranded residents from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.
However, passengers are required to undergo an RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure and another rapid-PCR test at the airport a few hours before the flight.
Moreover, as per the guidelines issued by the country, all passengers to UAE are required to take approval from GDFRA or ICA prior to their travel.
IndiGo carried passengers who had not undergone tests resulting in the suspension of flights for a week. Passengers took to social media venting their frustration on the flight cancellations.
Reach Airport 6 Hours Before Departure
Amid the requirement of a mandatory rapid PCR test, which will be conducted for every passenger at the respective departure airport. Air India has asked its passengers to UAE to reach the respective airport at least 6 hours before the departure.
“Passengers traveling to the UAE from India are requested to report at the airport at least 6 hours prior to the departure. As per the entry requirements of the UAE, a rapid PCR test will be conducted for every passenger at the respective Indian departure airport. The test counters will start 4 hours before the departure time and would close 2 hours prior to departure.” Said Air India.