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UAE relaxes travel curbs on India, 14 other countries

Individuals returning to the UAE will have to be inoculated with World Health Organisation-approved covid-19 vaccines. (REUTERS)Premium
Individuals returning to the UAE will have to be inoculated with World Health Organisation-approved covid-19 vaccines. (REUTERS)

  • Arriving passengers must apply via the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), and complete the vaccination application in order to get the necessary approvals, in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE, a statement said

New Delhi: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will allow the return of fully-vaccinated individuals and holders of valid UAE residence visas from as many as 15 countries, including India, from 12 September.

However, all such individuals will have to be inoculated with covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship of UAE said in a joint statement on Friday.

The decision will cover passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan, according to the statement.

“Arriving passengers must apply via the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), and complete the vaccination application to get the necessary approvals, in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE," it said.

“A negative PCR test result, done within 48 hours before departure at an approved lab that has a QR code, must also be presented before departure," it added.

According to the statement, individuals heading for UAE are also required to undertake a rapid PCR test before boarding, and another PCR test on the fourth and eight day of arrival, while complying with all precautionary measures in place. It added that children under 16 years have been exempted.

“Those who are fully vaccinated with any WHO-approved vaccine and who have been staying in one of the countries in the suspended list for more than six months since the suspension decision was issued for each country, can come to the country under a new entry permit, and rectify their status after entry," the statement further said.

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