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Dubai: If you have been unable to return to the UAE due to flight suspensions from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, there is good news.

From tomorrow, certain categories of passengers will be exempt from the travel suspension, as per an announcement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) on August 3.

Which countries does the announcement affect?

The announcement made by NCEMA is for flights coming in to the UAE from the following countries:

• India

• Pakistan

• Sri Lanka

• Nepal

• Nigeria

• Uganda

When will the decision come into effect?

The exempted categories of passengers will be allowed to travel to the UAE from August 5, 2021.

Who is allowed to travel to the UAE?

1. Those with valid residency visas who received the two doses of vaccine in the UAE, and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose as well as having vaccination certificates approved by official authorities in the country.

2. Medical personnel working in the country will be also exempted, including doctors, nurses, technicians whether vaccinated or not vaccinated.

3. Those working in the education sector, who teach in universities, colleges, schools and institutes are exempted, irrespective of their vaccination status.

4. Students studying in the country

5. People who deserve humanitarian consideration, with valid residency visa.

6. Workers in federal and local government authorities

7. Those completing treatment in the country, whether they are vaccinated or not, will also be exempted.

Requirements to enter the UAE

1. Submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to obtain the necessary approvals

2. Vaccination certificates certified by the concerned authorities in the country.

3. Submit a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result within 48 hours from the date of departure, provided that the tests are from accredited laboratories and carry a QR Code, and that laboratory test is conducted before boarding the plane.

4. Follow the precautionary and preventive measures upon arrival, including quarantine and PCR checks upon and after arrival, in addition to follow-up and health monitoring.