UAE–India Flight Ban Extended; 3 Indian States Update Rules for Incoming Travellers

To control the COVID caseload in the country, travel curbs and advisories continue to be modified by several destinations. 

As per the latest reports, three Indian states, namely, Maharashtra, Goa and Jharkhand, have updated their travel requirements for incoming visitors.

Along with this, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended the travel restrictions placed on Indian travellers.

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Here’s everything you need to know:

1. Maharashtra makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory

In a new order, the Maharashtra government has announced that travellers entering the state by any mode of transport will now be required to carry a negative RT-PCR report issued within 48 hours before entry into the state.

Along with this, the restrictions that were previously applicable to travellers coming from places of ‘Sensitive Origin’, such as hand stamping and screening, will now be applicable to all travellers. The lockdown in the state has also been extended till 7 am on June 1:

2. Goa updates inter-state travel rules

As per the latest order, all travellers arriving in Goa will be required to carry a COVID negative report (test conducted within 72 hours prior to entering Goa) or a certification of full vaccination (2 doses).

However, people who are residents of Goa, or entering for work or medical emergencies are exempt from this travel requirement provided they can show relevant documents to the authorities.

The state has also announced several stringent safety measures that will remain in place till 7 am on May 24:

3. Jharkhand issues new quarantine requirements

In an official tweet, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren stated that starting from 6 am on May 16, all travellers visiting the state (except those leaving within 72 hours of arrival) will have to undergo institutional / home quarantine for 7 days.

Jharkhand has also extended the lockdown in the state, imposed under the ‘Swasthya Suraksha Saptah’ till 6 am on May 27:

4. UAE extends travel restrictions with India

The UAE has extended the suspension of entry for travellers from India on all national and foreign flights, as well as for transit passengers coming from India, with the exception of transit flights traveling to the UAE and bound for India.

This decision also includes extending the suspension of entry for travellers who were in India in the 14-day period prior to arrival in the UAE.

However, transport of passengers from the UAE to India continues to be allowed, and some exempted categories (such as UAE citizens, those on diplomatic missions accredited by the two countries, official delegations, those traveling on business planes, and golden residence holders) can travel from India to the UAE on applied exemption. We advise our readers to check the complete order here.

Etihad Airways confirmed the extension of the travel ban and the resultant suspension of flights on Twitter:

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