Etihad Airways, the second flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, announced on Friday that passenger flights from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will remain suspended till July 31, 2021.

In response to a customer's query, the airline said, "Following the latest UAE Government directives, passenger travel from India to the UAE and Etihad’s network has been suspended effective until 31 July 2021."

Also, the official website of Etihad Airways has not shown any flights to UAE from Mumbai, Karachi, Colombo and Dhaka for the whole month and the flights are only starting from 01 Aug 2021.

However, if you are a diplomat or a citizen of the United Arab Emirates, or a holder of a Golden Visa. In this case your RT-PCR test should be taken up to 48 hours prior to the departure of your flight.

In addition, the airline on Friday extended the suspension on flights to and from South Africa and Nigeria till July 31, 2021.

Emirates Chief Operating Officer Adel Al Reda said, "India and Pakistan routes are subject to government review and the development of the situation of the virus in those countries. We will wait to see what is coming up from the government. But there is a constant review of the development related to the Covid-19, not just to India and Pakistan, but across the globe."

The General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates (GCAA) has issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) and said that flights to India and 13 other countries will remain suspended till 23:59 pm. of July 21, 2021.

However, till now there is no official update from GCAA on the extension of flight suspension from India and other countries.

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