The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities suspended issuing visas temporarily for Indian nationals with a visa or residence permit issued by the US, UK or an EU Member State.
“The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for passengers who are arriving from or been in India in the past 14 days. We’re working to update our website,” Etihad Help tweeted.
Etihad last week confirmed that Indians with a visa or residence permit issued by the US, UK or an EU Member State are permitted to visit Abu Dhabi.
“If you are an Indian citizen, you are now eligible to apply for a visa when you arrive in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi. To qualify, you must have a US visitor visa or green card, or holding a UK or EU residence valid for at least six months. And your passport must have at least six months validity,” the national carrier had said in a statement.
A reason for the suspension is yet to be provided.
Oman will now allow travellers from India who are fully vaccinated with Covishield to visit the country from September 1. The condition is that the second dose must be taken at least 14 days before the date of travel.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued fresh guidelines for people travelling from India. Passengers can now take a rapid PCR test six hours before their departure instead of four hours.
For Indian nationals with a visa or residence permit issued by the USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State, the UAE has also resumed visa on arrival.
Etihad Airways made an announcement which said, “If you are an Indian national with a visa or residence permit issued by the USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State, you can visit Abu Dhabi. ICA approval is not required. Vaccination is not a condition of entry, but you will need to show your testing status to enter public places.”
For the rapid test, travellers must arrive at the airport at least six hours before their flight. The counters will be closed two hours before the departure.