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Flying to Dubai? Here’s good news: UAE mollifies travel restrictions from  India

Flying to Dubai? Here’s good news: UAE mollifies travel restrictions from India

Are you folks planning to fly high to the glamorous city of Dubai? Then this article is for you. Read the declaration very carefully! The announcement comes after the Dubai government mollified travel protocols for passengers travelling from three nations including India to Dubai. Trotters will be permitted if only they possess a valid residence visa and have two doses of UAE-approved vaccine. Now let’s know the backdrop and new guidelines that should be followed up by passengers.

Insight of the news

Aviation giant Emirates said on Sunday that it will resume flights from India from next week after Dubai lifted a ban imposed when coronavirus cases spiked. The United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, suspended all flights from India including for inbound passengers in April. Emirates in a statement said that "we will resume carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India from June 23.”

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, chaired by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also declared Dubai’s travel protocols for passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India, with effect from June 23. Reported by the Gulf News. As we are well acquainted with the fact that the second wave of pandemic created havoc over humankind.

It has been more devastating than the first wave. Besides, new cases of Mucor-mycosis with different variants such as black, white, yellow, and green fungus got recognized. So, keeping the above said in mind and due to a surge in the number of covid cases in late April, the UAE closed its borders for travellers from India as a safety measure.

New protocols to follow

As per, the recent guidelines to be followed are as mentioned: There are four vaccines approved by the UAE government- Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, SputnikV and Oxford- AstraZeneca, However, passengers from South Africa and Nigeria, non-residence are also allowed to travel subject to the vaccination and PCR test conditions. A negative test certificate from a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure is required. The UAE nationals are exempted from this requirement. Only QR-coded negative PCR test certificates are accepted.

Furthermore, Dubai said on Saturday that only passengers from India " with a valid residence visa and who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine" would be permitted to travel to the Emirate. They are required to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours before departure to Dubai. They must also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai. In addition, following arrival, passengers from India should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.

Dubai authorities did not specify the rules for inbound passengers and Emirates did not say whether transit passengers were allowed to fly through Dubai to third nations. Some 300 flights a week were operating between the UAE and India before the ban was announced in April, according to local media, making the air corridor one of the busiest in the world.

Nothing can stop: a solid bond betwixt the two

The UAE is home to some 3.3 million Indians who make up a third of the population- most of them in Dubai. Some Indians who had been abandoned in their homeland during the coronavirus surge had hired private jets to take them back to the UAE, which had exempted private jets from the ban.

According to some sources, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General of India in Dubai, in association with the UAE government, had always provided relief to the Indian community in distress. Moreover, these two countries share a great covalent bond that can neither be shared nor be broken as they have always stood for assisting each other.

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