Dubai: The Dubai government on Saturday eased travel restrictions for its residents coming from India, South Africa and Nigeria. The United Arab Emirates banned passenger flights from India from the end of April following the arrival of the second wave.
Travelers coming to Dubai from India will be required to take both doses of a valid residential visa and a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the United Arab Emirates. According to the new protocol, passengers following these rules will be allowed to travel to Dubai. Currently SinoPharm, Pfizer-BioNtech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccines are approved by the UAE Government.
RT-PCR test will have to be done on arrival in Dubai
Furthermore, passengers going from India to Dubai will have to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours before departure. On reaching Dubai, he will have to undergo another RT-PCR test. Along with this, passengers coming from India will have to undergo institutional quarantine till they receive their PCR test results, which are expected to be received within 24 hours. The Supreme Committee on Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, headed by Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Makhtoum, has announced the new rules will be effective from June 23.
ban on international flights till June 30
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that the central government has extended the ban on international flights till June 30. Cargo flights, flights will continue to operate under bilateral air bubble agreements with selected countries. The scheduled international passenger service in India was suspended from 23 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.