Covid-19; UAE lifts transit ban on India, Pakistan from August 5

More UAE residents stranded in six countries from where passenger entry is suspended can return to the emirates, authorities announced on Tuesday.

India is one of the UAE’s key travel markets and the restrictions have significantly impacted operations at the Middle East’s trade and travel hub, which is home to Emirates, Etihad, Flydubai, and Air Arabia carriers. 

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. They need to 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 travelers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.

vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers 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.

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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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