Passengers from India travelling to the UAE, including those who have stayed in India over the last two weeks, will not be able to access the facility of “visa-on-arrival”.
The Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, in a tweet said that the UAE has decided to temporarily suspend the facility for passengers from India or have been in India for the past 14 days. It further added that it was working to update their website, which would include all the latest regulations.
Apart from India, similar rules will be applicable to passengers from Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Bangladesh, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Uganda, among others.
All passengers travelling to the UAE will be required to carry a COVID-19 negative rapid RT-PCR test, not older than six hours before boarding the flight.
The website of UAE embassy said that Indian citizens holding regular passports with US visas, green cards, EU resident permits or UK resident permits will be allowed to access entry visa upon arrival in the UAE. The same will remain valid for 14 days and can be extended once for a similar period. The Indian passport, UK resident permit, EU resident permit and the green card must remain valid for a minimum of six months.
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India saw a drop in daily Covid cases from the month of June, after combating the second wave of the pandemic. The government is now trying to speed up the vaccination pace whilst also stepping up other measures to prepare for an anticipated third wave.
Few days ago, the US eased its travel restrictions for India as the Centres for Diseases COntrol and Prevention (CDC) eased the rating to Level 2: Moderate and the US State Department lowered India to Level 2: Exercise Increased, according to Reuters.
Earlier in August, the UK also moved India from “red” to “amber” list, relaxing the mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine restriction.