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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad to start flying newly allowed travellers from India starting August 7

The Times of India logo The Times of India 06-08-2021 Saurabh Sinha
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NEW DELHI: Abu Dhabi-based Etihad will beginning August 7 start flying the new categories of people recently allowed to enter UAE from India. Among other conditions, travellers from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in Abu Dhabi and “wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of your quarantine (that) will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi airport after you clear immigration. Incoming must also take a PCR test on day four and day eight,” the airline says.

“From 7 August, Etihad Airways will launch a number of flights from five Indian gateways, allowing eligible UAE residents to return, and for transit to Etihad’s network. From 10 August, the airline will begin flights from three additional Indian cities for travel to the UAE for transit passengers to access Etihad’s global network of destinations. Between 7 to 9 August, the airline will operate services from Chennai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Trivandrum and New Delhi. From 10 August, flights will be added from Ahmedabad (for transit only), Hyderabad and Mumbai in India,” Etihad said in a statement.

UAE recently allowed some more categories of travellers from India and five other countries starting August 5. These categories include: UAE residents been fully vaccinated with both doses in the UAE at least 14 days before travelling; medical personnel, education sector workers or students studying in the UAE; travelling for humanitarian purpose; medical tourists and federal government agency workers.

UAE, the biggest international destination for Indian travellers, had imposed restrictions from April-end due to the unfolding Covid catastrophe here. Only a few categories like UAE nationals, diplomats, official delegations and golden residence holders can travel there from India. Now this exempted list has been expanded to include more categories from Thursday (August 5).

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