International Travel Ban: UK, US, UAE restrict flights from India amid COVID surge

Twelve countries ban flights from India. India is included in UK's travel red list effectively from 4 am on Friday (April 23), while the UAE banned travel from India for 10 days with effect from April 24 midnight.


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As India is hit hard by the recent surge in COVID-19 tally, Canada and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have joined the United States and the United Kingdom among other countries to restrict travel to and from India.

At least 12 countries have so far banned travel to and from India as the country continued to witness unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases.

The 12 countries which have restricted travel from India included the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Israel, Pakistan and Oman.

Canada issued the travel ban late Thursday, saying it would ban all flights from India for 30 days, while the UAE banned travel from India for 10 days with effect from April 24 midnight.

On Monday, India was added to the UK's COVID-19 travel 'red list'. This 'red list' denies entry for all except British or Irish residents. India is included in the list effectively from 4 am on Friday (April 23).  

According to the latest update by the Union Health Ministry, India added a record 3,32,730 new COVID-19 cases and 2,263 deaths in a span of 24 hours. With it, the country's caseload surged to 1,62,63,695 and the death toll reached 1,86,920. 

India now has 24,28,616 active COVID-19 cases, comprising 14.93 per cent of the country's total infections while 1,36,48,159 are recovered cases. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 67,013, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 34,254 and Kerala with 26,995 new cases, the ministry said.

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First Published:April 23, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

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