UAE to ease flight restrictions on Pakistan, India

By: News Desk      Published: 04:23 PM, 3 Aug, 2021
UAE to ease flight restrictions on Pakistan, India
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The UAE will ease travel restrictions from six countries on its flight ban list to allow some UAE residents, who are stranded abroad, to fly back to the Emirates.

The government said all vaccinated individuals, as well as unvaccinated people in certain job categories, can seek permission to return from August 5.

The decision includes people who are in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda, UAE state news agency Wam reported.

Travellers must have a valid UAE residency and have submit proof of having received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the 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.

These people must apply for permission to return on the website of the federation immigration department, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

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.

Delegates and businesspeople, as well as golden visa residents, were previously allowed to return to the UAE from any of the banned travel list, as long as they had obtained prior approval.