- Expatriate George Thomas says he will lose his job if he stays in India
- UAE travel agents say travel conditions will be clearer after the New Year
- UAE flights are busier than ever
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In addition, quarantine measures and night curfews were introduced in various states of India. This has raised concerns among expats. Last week, the Maharashtra government announced that all international travelers from Dubai would be required to stay within seven days of the compulsory home quarantine. The government has imposed similar conditions in southern states like Karnataka. RT-PCR examination is required to enter the state.
Experts say the new restrictions imposed following the Omicron expansion have raised concerns about the inability of expatriates seeking repatriation to return home. Increasing the restrictions may reduce the likelihood of expatriates returning to the Gulf countries.
The same situation happened last year. In mid-March, the number of cases rose sharply. When the situation worsened, India-UAE flights were completely canceled except for a few sections. “It’s hard to face the same situation this year,” says George Thomas, an Indian accountant who lives at JLT. ‘If you are still stuck in India, you will lose your job. The family plans to return to India in mid – January. The outcome will depend on the situation in the coming days, “he added.
UAE travel agents operating in the Indian region said the travel conditions will be clearer after the New Year. ‘UAE flights are busier than ever. Sudheesh TP, general manager, Dera Travel and Tourism Agency, told the Khaleej Times that the ticket price was three times the return ticket.
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‘The average one-way ticket price to many destinations in India ranges from AED 500 to AED 600,’ said Afi Ahmed, Managing Director, Smart Travels. ‘Usually the ticket price is three times higher than the standard price. “Many fear they will be trapped if restrictions are announced,” he said.
Those who have only small needs have abandoned it and abandoned the decision to return home. Instead he decides to celebrate the holidays abroad.
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