UAE travel restrictions: COVID vaccine certificate no longer required for entry


With the United Arab Emirates ready to reopen its borders, the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is no longer required to enter the United Arab Emirates for Indian passengers with a valid residence visa. It is reported that the UAE will start accepting Indian passengers, who hold a visa to the UAE, provided they are able to submit a negative COVID test result that was taken at least 48 hours before. boarding the flight, and approval from the General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA).

In addition, travelers should also undergo a rapid PCR test at the airport.

Referring to this, responding to a question on Twitter, Emirates Airline wrote, “According to our latest update, the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is no longer required. ”

In addition, Emirates updated its website and stated that all travelers with a valid UAE residence visa will be allowed to travel to and via Dubai from India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, Uganda and Sri Lanka, under certain conditions.

United Arab Emirates: COVID vaccine certificate not required for entry

Here is everything you need to know about the conditions mentioned by the airline:

  • Dubai visa holders will need to apply for pre-entry approval through GDRFA.
  • Travelers must have a valid COVID-19 test certificate that was issued within 48 hours from the time the sample was taken and the flight’s scheduled departure. Please note that only COVID-19 PCR test reports that were issued by certified laboratories, along with a QR code linked to the original report, will be accepted.
  • Everyone must take a rapid COVID-19 PCR test 4 hours before their flight departs; whereas the rapid antigen test will not be accepted.
  • Travelers will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.
  • However, UAE nationals will be exempt from the above requirements but will need to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.

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