UAE relaxes travel restrictions for Indian residents; the ban on transit flights also lifted

UAE relaxes travel restrictions for Indian residents; ban on transit flights also lifted

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The United Arab Emirates will lift the ban on entry of passengers from India and five other countries from 5 August, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday.

While restrictions on travel from India to UAE are still in place, those Indians who have a valid residency permit and are fully vaccinated — at least 14 days prior to the travel — are included in the exempted category.

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 traveling 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 traveling 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.

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