Indian nationals barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait via UAE
Indian nationals barred from travelling to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait via UAE

ABU DHABI: The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has issued a press note directing the Indians stranded in UAE while travelling to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to leave for their home. Many Indians got stranded in UAE after the Saudi and Kuwait authority imposed a travel ban due to the rise in COVID cases.

The Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi has advised Indian citizens against travelling to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait via the United Arab Emirates due to "Covid-related restrictions on incoming passengers" imposed in the two countries. The citizens were also suggested to carry sufficient "personal provisions and funds to cater to any emergent requirements".

 ? Due to the COVID related restriction on incoming passengers, currently it is not possible for Indian nationals to transit via Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. All India nationals are therefore advised to kindly ascertain the latest COVID related travel guidelines of their final destination country before embarking on an outward journey from India. They are also advised to carry enough personal provisions and funds to cater to any emergent requirements,? reads the press release.

The Embassy further advised the Indian nationals who were already in the UAE en route to the two countries, to consider returning home and make their travel plans only when the ongoing restrictions were ease.

The advisory comes after the Consulate General of India in Dubai informed the Embassy that several Indians travelling to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were still stranded in the UAE.

Since December 2020, at least 600 Indians, who wanted to travel to Saudi Arabia, have been stranded in the UAE, a Consulate official told Khaleej Times.

"Due to the fast-evolving international travel protocols, the missions strongly advise all travellers to avoid going to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait using transit routes to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded in the UAE," the official said.

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