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UAE relaxes travel restrictions for stranded residents from India, ban on transit flights also lifted


Travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and hold valid UAE residency permits will be allowed entry into the UAE from August 5, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday. At least 14 days should have passed after receiving the second vaccine dose. They must also hold a certificate to this effect.

The UAE government also said that unvaccinated people in certain job categories can seek permission to return from the same date as well.

The categories include medical workers, teachers at schools and universities in the Emirates, students, residents with extenuating circumstances, people undergoing medical treatment in the UAE and people who work for federal or local government agencies.

The passengers will need to apply for online entry permits prior to travelling and would need to present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure.

Further, the UAE will also relax the restrictions on India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.

NCEMA said on Twitter that passengers travelling from countries where flights had been suspended would be able to transit through its airports from Thursday as long as they present negative PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure.

Final destination approval would also have to be provided, the authority said, adding that UAE departure airports would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers.

Source: Mint