As residents all over the world return to their homes in the UAE, it seems that there has been no respite for stranded expatriates in India since March.
India stranded UAE residents appealed to the Indian government to provide facilities to help them return to their families and jobs.
Indian National Airline of India announced on Wednesday that passengers wishing to travel with residence or work permits will also need special permission, except for approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and the Directorate General of Residence and Foreign Affairs.
According to the airline, travelers will need to obtain specific approvals from the United Arab Emirates embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to travel from India to the Gulf country for return flights.
However, how to obtain these travel approvals is not yet clear.
Furthermore, the United Arab Emirates has requested Air India not to carry passengers to the Emirates on return flights operated as part of the Vand Bharat mission.
According to the directions issued by the safety decision issued by the Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority 2020-01 (No. 17) on June 23, it is not permitted to transport passengers (citizens of the United Arab Emirates and non-Emiratis) to the United Arab Emirates on return flights.
“All passengers, including Indian nationals holding a valid residence visa in the UAE who have purchased ICA and GDRFA approvals, need specific approval from the UAE Embassy in New Delhi and the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs to travel from India on these return trips.” Advertising said.