(Our Bureau, June 8) UAE-bound NRIs are compelled to choose alternative routes as there is a travel ban on most Indian passengers. And Armenia is emerging as a sought-after destination where Indians can quarantine for two weeks before they are cleared to enter the UAE, multiple new reports state. According to a report in The National News, Armenia scores as it is budget-friendly and within a three–hour flight of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. People spend a little over ₹80,000 per passenger for flights, accommodation and food in Armenia. Travel agencies are also booking tickets on chartered flights – costing between ₹1 lakh and ₹1.35 lakh per passenger – to help NRIs make it back to the Gulf, The Hindu reports.
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