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UAE to lift ban on tourist visas for red-listed countries, including Vietnam

By Hoang Phong   &nbspAugust 30, 2021 | 10:40 am GMT+7
UAE to lift ban on tourist visas for red-listed countries, including Vietnam

Passengers keep distance at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE, April 27, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah


The United Arab Emirates will resume issuance of tourist visas to vaccinated travelers from all countries including Vietnam, which was previously red-listed over Covid-19 fears.

Passengers must furnish a certificate showing they are fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved Covid vaccine and take a mandatory rapid PCR test at the airport.

WHO has approved the U.K.’s AstraZeneca, the U.S.’s Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson&Johnson and China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac.

The UAE had until now barred entry for arrivals from Vietnam and 13 other countries due to rising concerns over the highly-transmissible Delta variant.

Vietnam is currently facing its most challenging Covid outbreak, triggered by the Delta variant, and several countries have banned or imposed stricter quarantine measures for travelers from the country.

In the current wave of Covid that began in late April, the country has recorded over 431,000 cases.

It has vaccinated 19.4 million people, with 2.4 million getting two doses.

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