UAE allows return of some stranded residents of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria
Abu Dhabi: Fully vaccinated UAE residents with valid visas from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal will be allowed to enter the UAE from August 5. This is in line with the latest directive from the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.
This also applies to Nigeria and Uganda.
Flights to the United Arab Emirates from these countries have been suspended due to COVID-19 infection rates. With the last measure, travelers meeting these criteria can enter the UAE, provided 14 days have passed since they received the second dose. In addition, travelers from prohibited countries who hold vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities of those countries are allowed.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and technicians working in the United Arab Emirates, are excluded from the travel ban. Vaccinated and unvaccinated expatriates working in the education sector are also allowed to enter.
Students associated with educational institutions nationwide and those with humanitarian concerns and workers from federal and local government agencies are also allowed entry, whether or not they are vaccinated. Those who need to complete treatment in the UAE are also in the excluded category.
All excluded categories must apply online through the website of the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority to obtain the necessary approvals. They must attach to the request the vaccination certificates approved by the competent authorities.
They must submit a prior negative PCR test within 48 hours of the departure date, provided the PCR tests come from accredited laboratories and carry a QR code, as well as a quick lab test to be performed before boarding. A PCR test will be carried out on arrival to be followed by a home quarantine.