Gulf ban on travellers from South Asia due to surge of Covid-19 cases leaves many stranded, jobless

A security man takes temperature of a woman at the Dubai International Airport, UAE, on April 27, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

DUBAI/NEW DELHI - What was supposed to have been a short break to visit her parents back in Pakistan in April ended up being an indefinite waiting game for Ms Fariha Nasir.

A worrying surge in Covid-19 cases in South Asian countries had already led the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to suspend flights from India and before Ms Nasir could return, Pakistan - along with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - were added to that list in May.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.