With flight restrictions owing to the COVID-19 pandemic being prolonged periodically, hundreds of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the West Asian Gulf nations have been unable to fly residence for holidays or holidays for greater than two years.
The ongoing vacation season for the competition of Id-ul-Adha and Onam has introduced little cheer to Indians caught with journey curbs. Residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are already on an extended break in reference to the competition that began on Monday.
“Many have thought the travel restrictions will be lifted, but the administration decided to suspend the outgoing passenger traffic from India that actually began on April 24,” mentioned A.Okay. Sameer, a resident of Fujairah City.
However, from June 23, the UAE had relaxed its entry permit of Indian residency visa holders to return to their jobs and households. This was a follow-up to the exemptions given to UAE nationals, golden residency visa holders, and diplomats who adjust to the revised COVID-19 protocol.
Mohammed Hashim, an NRI in Dubai, mentioned one of the most severe issues going through the expatriates was despair as a result of the pandemic.
“Even people with medical problems cannot visit their parents. Also families cannot send medicine from back home even though the cost of medicines here is several times higher than in India,” he added.
Mr. Hashim mentioned the concern of dropping their jobs had compelled a whole lot of workers from Kerala to enter a self-imposed exile. Some had both postponed their house-warming occasions or let their households transfer into their dream homes.
Returning residence meant they might not be capable of help their households and dependents or safe a livelihood in the pandemic-ravaged financial system in the State.
The final time M.R. Rajesh, a resident of Abu Dhabi, visited his mom was two years in the past. “I desperately wanted to be back home last April to shift my mother, wife and daughter to our new home. Even now I had to defer plans. Perhaps I shall wait till the pandemic is over,” he says.
Like the holidays final time, households stranded in the Gulf additionally rejoice the Id-ul-Adha holidays with journeys with their households and buddies. Visiting homes of buddies and planning dinners collectively are frequent in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.