Dubai: The months-long wait for Indian expatriates to travel to the UAE is coming to an end. This is after the UAE authorities came to the scene by giving concessions to people from six countries where travel is banned, including India. Those who have been fully vaccinated from these countries will be able to enter the UAE from tomorrow, August 5, officials said.
In addition to India, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has announced exemptions for UAE resident visa holders from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda. There are currently no direct flights to the UAE from these countries. Admission will be limited to those who have completed at least 14 days after taking the second dose. All travelers must present a vaccination certificate. The certificate must be issued by the Ministry of Health in each country. The certificate must contain a QR code that provides details of vaccination, officials said.
At the same time, the August 5 Agency is expected to be in the UAE from August 5 without any vaccine for people working in the health sector, including doctors, nurses, technicians, students in the education sector, students, humanitarian workers, employees of federal and local government agencies, and those in need of further treatment in the UAE. Informed. The UAE General Authority for Civil Aviation has also made this clear. This is in addition to UAE citizens, their next of kin, diplomats, attendees at Expo, holders of Golden Visas and flight attendants who are already exempt.
Travel discounts must be applied for through the Federal Authority for Identity Citizenship website. The application should be accompanied by a vaccination certificate or a document proving that they belong to the upper class who do not need vaccination.
In addition, a negative certificate in the PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure for the UAE is mandatory. It must also be approved by the Ministry of Health and have a QR code. In addition, an antigen test should be performed before boarding the aircraft to make sure it is negative. Once here, a PCR test should be performed. And must be at home quarantine on the appointed day.
The new announcement will bring relief to expatriates, including Malayalees, who have been stranded in the country for months. Airlines, including Etihad, have previously announced that there will be no flights from these countries until August 7. Under the new circumstances, airlines have started booking tickets.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned flights from India since April 24. Since then, the ban has been extended several times. The ban follows the spread of the Covid Delta variant in India. The UAE Indian Embassy and the Indian Consulate in Dubai welcomed the move by the UAE authorities to grant travel concessions to Indian expatriates.