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Emirates, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have suspended flights until July 15

ISLAMABAD: Emirates, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have suspended flights to Dubai until July 15 due to a travel ban imposed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the Covid-19 situation.

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The airline said in a statement on Saturday that “in accordance with the directives of the UAE government, the UAE will suspend passenger traffic from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to Dubai until July 15, 2021.”

“In addition, passengers who make contact with Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel to the UAE from another point,” he added.

The airline further stated that UAE citizens, UAE Gold Visa holders and members of diplomatic missions complying with the updated Covid-19 protocols were exempted from [restrictions] and could be accepted for travel.

According to Emirates, citizens of these countries can save their tickets for the next trip or flight on another date by contacting the relevant travel agency or booking office.

On July 1, the UAE banned citizens from traveling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa and Nigeria.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Organization stressed that citizens should follow all precautionary and protective measures related to Covid-19 with the start of the travel season.

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The UAE last month extended the travel ban for passengers from Pakistan and 13 other countries until at least July 21.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement to the Air Force (NOTAM) that Pakistan and Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and South Africa, July 21, 2021 will be postponed until 23:59.

“Cargo flights, as well as business and charter flights will be exempt from restrictions,” the statement added. The UAE first announced on May 12 that it was suspending access to domestic and international flights for tourists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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