New Delhi: In view of the rising Coronavirus cases in India, Emirates has decided to suspend flights between Dubai and India for 10 days starting Sunday. The decision by the Gulf nation’s airline came after Britain announced travel curbs on India. The travel ban will come into effect from 11.59 pm on Saturday, April 24, and is subject to review after 10 days, the Gulf News reported.Also Read - Hong Kong Suspends Flights Connecting India From Tuesday to May 3 Amid COVID-19 Surge

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.

Anil Punjabi, chairman, Eastern Region, Travel Agents’ Federation of India said travel agents in India received the notification from Emirates.

Effective April 24, 2021 and for the next 10 days, Emirates flights from India to the UAE will be suspended. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.

Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options, the airline said in a travel advisory on its website.

“The travel and tourism sector in India have already been hit hard by the pandemic. Further flight suspensions are an additional blow,” Punjabi was quoted as saying in the report.

The UAE is the latest country to impose a travel ban on passengers from India after it recorded the world’s highest number of 3,14,835 COVID-19 cases in one day on Thursday.

The UK on Monday added India to its COVID-19 travel “red list”, which effectively bans all travel from the country and makes a 10-day hotel quarantine compulsory for UK residents arriving back to the country.

Hong Kong had earlier suspended all flights connecting it with India till May 3 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. The Hong Kong government had also suspended flights to and from Pakistan as well as the Philippines for the aforementioned time period.