UAE Welcomes Fully Vaccinated Residents From 15 Countries, Including India

Fully vaccinated people with valid resident visas of UAE can now enter the Emirates from the countries that were previously on the suspended list. Confirmed by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), the UAE authorities announced that only valid UAE residence visa holders inoculated with WHO-approved vaccines can come back to the UAE from the countries previously on the suspended list, including India and Pakistan, starting from September 12. 

Other than passengers from India and Pakistan, travellers from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, and Nigeria were also on the suspended list. 

Passengers must apply via the ICA website to get the necessary approvals after submitting the vaccination application. The authorities have clarified that a negative PCR test result, done within 48 hours before boarding a flight at an approved lab with a QR code, has to be shown before departure. 

Passengers also mandatorily have to go under a few Rapid PCR tests – before boarding, on the fourth and eight days of arrival – while complying with all precautionary measures in place. Children under 16 years old, however, can skip these procedures. 

People fully inoculated with any WHO-approved vaccines and have been residing in one of the nations on the suspended list for more than six months can come to UAE under a new entry permit, and make changes to their residential status after the entry. 

There is no announcement regarding precautionary measures for unvaccinated people coming from these 15 countries. 

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