Jeddah: A significant section of Gulf NRIs who have been worried about their future plans to travel to the United Arab Emirates can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The United Arab Emirates will ease travel restrictions from India and other five countries on its flight ban list to allow some NRIs, who are stranded abroad, to fly back to UAE.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), the country’s top body that is dealing with covid-19, said on Tuesday that all vaccinated expatriates can seek permission to return from August 5.
All those having a valid UAE residency visa are required to apply online through UAE government’s Federal Authority for Identity Citizenship portal by submitting vaccination certificates where 14 days have passed since they received the second dose of one of approved vaccination of UAE.
There are further exemptions that cover people who are not vaccinated.
They include medical workers, teachers at schools and universities in the Emirates, students, residents with extenuating circumstances, patients undergoing medical treatment in the UAE, and employees who work for federal or local government agencies.
They must also obtain a negative PCR test result received within 48 hours from their date of travel. A rapid test will be conducted before boarding the flight and travellers will undergo precautionary measures, including further PCR testing and quarantine, on arrival to the UAE.
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