UAE flights: New exemptions for stranded residents from India, Pakistan, 4 other countries
The rule comes into effect from August 5, 2021.
More UAE residents stranded in six countries from where passenger entry is suspended can return to the emirates, authorities announced on Tuesday.
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Expats with valid residency visas who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UAE are among the new categories that will be allowed to travel to the UAE from August 5. They must have received the second vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to travel and hold a certificate that proves this.
This is among a string of exemptions announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA). The exemptions are applicable to travellers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.
Additionally, vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from key sectors are allowed entry as well. These include health workers employed in the UAE: Doctors, nurses and technicians.
Teachers at universities, colleges, schools and education institutes can return as well.
Students, humanitarian cases, those employed in federal and local government agencies and those undergoing medical treatment in the UAE are the other exempted categories.
Travel will also resume for transit passengers. They must have taken a PCR test no later than 72 hours from the time of departure. The UAE’s airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers.
All other exemptions announced previously remain. These include citizens of the UAE and their first-degree relatives; diplomats; Expo 2020 participants; Golden Visa holders; and flight crew.
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