Canad, UAE suspends flights from India amid pandemic surge

More countries are imposing travel restrictions on India. After the UK travel curbs, the United Arab Emirates has barred the entry of travellers from India for 10 days from April 25 till May 4 (both days included). Canada on Thursday said it would ban all flights from India for 30 days due to the growing wave of Covid-19 cases in that region, after India reported a global record of more than three lakh new infections in the previous 24 hours.

Indians can enter the UAE — even as transit passengers — only if they have stayed in some other country for at least 14 days, during this period. Etihad says the restriction period “may be extended”. But it will continue to operate flights to India, carrying flyers from Abu Dhabi. Passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will also not be permitted to board from any other point to the UAE, the report said. However, departure flights will continue to operate and the ban will not extend to UAE citizens, diplomatic passport holders and official delegations, it said. The UAE imposed a travel ban on passengers from India after the country recorded the world’s highest number of 3,14,835 COVID-19 cases in one day on Thursday.