After more than four months of anticipation, international travel from India has slowly started taking baby steps. Chennai airport becomes the first to resume flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Read on for more details. By Kumar Shree

Apart from resuming flights to a few destinations in the UAE, the Chennai state government has also waived off seven days of institutional quarantine for international travellers with a valid COVID-19 negative test certificate. These passengers will need to take another test upon arrival and will need to stay in a hotel or a government facility only till the test results are out. Thereafter, passengers can plan their trip based on the test result.

 

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While Indigo and GoAir have released their flight schedules from Chennai, SpiceJet has announced flights from Madurai till the end of August. Even though flights to these destinations were earlier available through the Vande Bharat scheme, getting a seat on these flights operated by Air India was a tough nut to crack. However, these new flights under the ‘air bubble’ scheme will make it easier to get a ticket.

Since keeping the Coronavirus outbreak in check remains a top priority for the state government, the number of these flights, as well as frequency, will be limited.

 

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As reported by the Times of India, Basheer Ahmed of Metro Travels said, “The flights to the UAE will be of help to people who were struggling to get tickets on Vande Bharat flights. However, they should allow passengers who prefer to travel beyond Dubai or Abu Dhabi. This will offer more choice for people who want to fly to Europe from Chennai.”

While Dubai continues to insist on quarantining passengers upon arrival, this restriction may also get lifted. Since this year’s IPL will happen in the UAE, experts are hopeful that Dubai will lift the quarantine restriction soon.

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