In light of the mounting COVID-19 cases in India, several countries have banned flights to and from India. Just a few weeks back, UAE suspended flights from India with exceptions for local residents, diplomats, and travellers coming on business jets. Many families made it to the UAE by pooling charter flights despite the travel ban. However, UAE has tightened rules for even passengers travelling by charter flights. Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules.
Eligibility Criteria To Travel To UAE By A Private Jet
UAE citizens, UAE long-term residence visa holders, and official delegations personnel holding with a valid RT-PCR negative test can fly to Dubai. Please note that an RT-PCR negative test result is a must to get on a business aircraft.
Now, the rules are tighter, and a charter flight to Dubai can now accommodate only nine passengers as opposed to 19 passengers it could accommodate earlier. Also, the earlier baggage capacity was 40kg per person, it has now become 20kg. Expat Family Jets Back To UAE From India Spending Over ₹39 Lakhs.
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Charter Flight Operations Are Subject To Approvals
UAE’s ban on flights started on April 25 and while the restrictions were to be in place till 14 May, the country has extended it indefinitely. And while travel agents ran a few charter flights, the UAE’s aviation regulator clarified it will not allow jets to ferry people in mass. Charter flight operations are subject to approval where agents have to submit passengers’ details and wait for clearance.
Mandatory Quarantine Period Upon Arrival To UAE
Apart from the RT-PCR negative test report, passengers will have to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival. This will be followed by two more RT-PCR tests on the fourth day and eighth day of their quarantine period. Top Private Jet Services You Can Book To Fly To UAE, UK & Maldives From India.
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Stopover Destinations To Fly To UAE
Passengers who have been in India in the 14 days preceding their flight to UAE will not be allowed to enter UAE but people are now looking for layover options. Passengers are opting for a layover in other countries open for travel and finally heading to their final destination. For instance, Bahrain and the Maldives have emerged to be some of the most common options for layovers. Several Indians are laying over in the Maldives before they head to the UAE or the US.
A one-way ticket on a 10-seater aircraft from Kochi to Dubai costs approximately ₹4,00,000. However now, most charter flight companies are not taking single-seat bookings. You will have to book the entire jet that will cost you ₹39 lakhs approximately.