Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from India

NEW DELHI: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended all flights to and from India in wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases here.
Besides India, air travel to and from Brazil and Argentina has also been suspended by Saudi Arabia.




In an official statement, GACA said: “Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to and from India, Brazil, and Argentina; including any person who has been there 14 days prior to their proposed arrival in Saudi.”
However, passengers who have official government invitations have been excluded from this suspension.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE host a significant Indian migrant population.
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Five days back, Air India Express had said the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) suspended its flights for 24 hours for bringing two passengers with Covid-positive certificates on August 28 and September 4.
According to rules of the UAE government, every passenger travelling from India is required to bring an original Covid-negative certificate of an RT-PCR test done within 96 hours prior to the journey.
Hong Kong also banned Air India flights from Sunday till October 3 after a few passengers on its flight on Friday tested positive for Covid-19 post arrival, a senior government official said on Sunday.
The number of Covid-19 cases in India reached 56,46,010, and the death toll climbed to 90,020 with 1,085 people succumbing to the disease in the past 24 hours, the health ministry’s data updated at 8 am on Wednesday showed.

 

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