UAE Expo 2020: New Category Of Travellers Will Be Allowed To Enter UAE Amidst Flight Restrictions

A new section of travellers will be allowed to enter the UAE from 16 countries from where the in and out UAE flights have been suspended. These travellers would be allowed to travel without any restrictions to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai.   

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)’s circular dated July 22 indicates that international participants, exhibitors and personnel sponsored by the organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai can enter the United Arab Emirates from the restricted travel countries. However, the circular clarifies that the flight ban will remain the same for the rest of the passengers from countries such as India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, South Africa and Indonesia.    

The UAE government is closely monitoring the situation.   

The UAE government suspended travellers from some of the 16 countries in April to curb the spread of Covid-19, and it is still in force.   

Several travellers such as diplomats, UAE citizens and their first-degree relatives, official delegations, UAE residents with a gold and silver residency permit were earlier exempt from the travel suspension.    

Other than these, crews of cargo flights and transit flights of foreign companies, Business figures (subject to obtaining approval), and employees (belonging to vital functions listed by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) can also enter the emirates upon providing a negative PCR test report before travel and on arrival. After reaching the UAE, they mandatorily have to be quarantined in a hotel during the transit period and wear a tracking device.   

Dubbed the world’s greatest show, the exhibition will commence between October 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, with more than 2,500 authorised resellers in Dubai. As per the information available on the Expo 2020 website, pavilions from 191 countries will be put up at the site. Tickets to the Expo 2020 Dubai is now available on the Expo Website (    

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