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UAE allows vaccinated residents from banned countries to return

Lifts ban on transit flights from India, Pakistan, others

August 03, 2021
In a statement on Tuesday, the UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday that those having valid residency permits and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated can enter the country. — Courtesy file photo
In a statement on Tuesday, the UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday that those having valid residency permits and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated can enter the country. — Courtesy file photo

Saudi Gazette report

ABU DHABI — Fully vaccinated residents from countries from where flights are currently suspended can return to the United Arab Emirates, beginning on Aug. 5.

In a statement on Tuesday, the UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday that those having valid residency permits and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated can enter the country.

The authority, however, has clarified that those who are willing to return to the UAE from the banned countries need to apply for online entry permits prior to traveling and must present a negative result
of the coronavirus test taken 48 hours prior to departure.

Individuals working in the medical, educational or government sectors in the country and those who are pursuing education or undergoing medical treatment are exempt from the necessary vaccination as they would be treated as humanitarian cases, the authority added in its statement.

In another important decision, the UAE has decided to lift a ban on transit passenger traffic from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda from Aug. 5.

According to NCEMA, passengers traveling from countries facing travel ban will be able to transit through the UAE’s airports from Thursday if they present negative results of PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure.


Travelers also need to provide final destination approval, the authority said in the statement adding that airports in the UAE would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers.


August 03, 2021
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