The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned domestic carrier IndiGo for operating flights to the country for a week till August 24. According to a report in the Business Standard, the ban was imposed on Tuesday for carrying out passengers who had not undergone the mandatory RT-PCR test at the departure airport.
On a passenger’s tweet requesting IndiGo to update flight status to UAE, the budget carrier on its official Twitter handle said; “Sir, please be informed flights to & fro UAE are cancelled for today due to operational requirements. Stay safe!”
IndiGo has said that it has informed all its passengers about the flight cancellation and will support them with refunds or accommodation in other flights once the carrier resumes operations.
Worth mentioning here is that recently UAE eased entry restrictions to the country allowing permanent residents to enter the country. But passengers are required to undergo a RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure and another RT-PCR test at the airport a few hours before the flight. This requirement came into effect on August 5.
UAE has made COVID-19 test mandatory for travellers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Uganda.
Further passengers are required to obtain an approval letter from UAE authorities. Airline check-in staff at the airport are required to check the test report before allowing passengers to enter the flight. These documents are also checked at the UAE airport upon arrival.