Special flights to return stranded Pakistanis from the UAE will start on April 18, as per Pakistani ambassador to the UAE, Ghulam Dastgir.
“The first special PIA flight will take stranded passengers from Dubai to Islamabad on April 18, and gradually more flights will also operate from Dubai and Abu Dhabi,” he said.
Ambassador Datgir added that the Pakistani government is working closely with the UAE government to primarily repatriate the stranded Pakistanis.
“Priority will be given to those stranded who came here on a visiting visa, those who canceled their residence visa / work permit, and those who lost their jobs and want to go home,” he said.
Two Flydubai flights have already returned more than 400 Pakistani prisoners released to Faisalabad and Peshawar on Tuesday evening.
The ambassador made it clear that the special flights will only carry stranded Pakistani citizens from the UAE. “No Pakistani passengers are allowed to travel from Pakistan to the UAE while the UAE’s travel restrictions apply,” he said.
The UAE has blocked the entry of foreigners, including UAE residents who are currently outside the country, until further notice as part of precautionary measures to combat the coronavirus.