UAE-India business trips likely to stall amid new COVID-19 rules

Abu Dhabi: Travel between the UAE and India may affect business trips after India imposed mandatory seven-day home quarantine for inbound travellers, starting from Tuesday, January 11, local media from the gulf country reported.

The seven-day home quarantine decision announced by the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that all international passengers will now have to home quarantine for a week on arrival in India. They will also be required to do a second PCR test on the 8th day after arrival.

“Business travel may affect both inbound and outbound passengers, people travelling for two days on a business visit may not want to restrict to quarantine for seven days. But I believe this new travel update may not affect the tourists from India to Dubai” manager, MICE and holidays, Galadari International Travel Services, Mir Wasim Raja told Khaleej Times.

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Regular business travellers to UAE from India has to halt their travel due to the new guidelines.

“A seven-day quarantine after every travel sounds a challenge. I cannot be ready for leaving my duties,” distributor of plastic home and kitchenware, Iflah Ahmed told Khaleej Times.

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