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The UAE has extended the suspension on incoming passengers from India until July 6, 2021, according to Air India Express.

“[The] General Authority of Civil Aviation, UAE, has suspended all inbound passenger movement to the UAE from India, (excluding UAE nationals), till July 6, 2021,” Air India Express said in a statement on Twitter.

The carrier further advised passengers, who were booked to fly with it during this period, to reschedule their tickets for travel at a future date. UAE citizens and diplomats are exempted from the ban.

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Dubai airline Emirates confirmed on May 30 that flights from India to the UAE were to remain suspended until June 30. The airline had stopped all passenger flights from India on April 24 due to the deadly second wave of COVID-19 sweeping the country.

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A ban on passenger flights from India was introduced on April 24 after a surge in coronavirus cases.

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The news comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on June 7 free vaccines for all above 18 and promised to speed up the nation’s vaccination drive.