UAE frames new visa policy for Pakistanis

Emirates Airline extends flight ban on Pakistan, India, Bangladesh

By: News Desk      Published: 02:17 PM, 15 Jul, 2021
UAE frames new visa policy for Pakistanis
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has framed a new visa policy for Pakistanis want to travel to the Gulf country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

According to the 24News TV channel, for a Pakistani visa-seeker a NADRA’s corona certificate will be mandatory and that too must be got attested from the UAE Embassy.

According to the UAE Embassy in Islamabad, the attested NADRA certificate condition will be applicable to general travellers, diplomats and their families.

The new policy will be effective from August 1.

Emirates flight ban

Meanwhile, Emirates Airline has announced that flights to Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be suspended until at least Wednesday, July 21, Gulf media reported.

Anyone who has connected through any of those countries within 14 days will not be allowed to travel to any destination in the UAE.

UAE nationals, golden visa holders, and members of diplomatic missions who comply with updated Covid-19 protocols are exempt and may be accepted for travel.

Anyone whose Emirates flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions because of COVID-19 restrictions can just hold onto their ticket and, when flights resume, get in touch with the airline to make new travel plans.

Tickets booked on or after April 1 will be valid for travel for 24 months. 

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that all flights coming from India will be suspended for ten days, starting April 24, 2021. Suspensions have continued since then. 

Other airlines, including Etihad, have also confirmed that passengers who have transited through India in the 14 days prior to their arrival on UAE soil will be denied entry, even if arriving from another country.