ECONOMYNEXT – The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday (04) that it will allow select groups of inbound and transit passengers from countries including Sri Lanka it had earlier banned inbound flights from.
Flights from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda to the UAE were banned due to a surge of COVID-19 infections in those countries.
The UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said it will allow transit passengers from Thursday (05) from countries that were previously banned, provided that the traveler’s last destination is accepted.
Passengers must submit a laboratory PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the time of departure.
The country’s airports will allocate special lounges for transit passengers, NCEMA said.
Other passengers allowed to travel to the UAE are medical workers, educational sector workers, students, local and federal government employees, travelers obtaining medical care in the country and people seeking humanitarian consideration.
People who fall under these categories will be allowed to enter irrespective of their vaccination status, the statement said.
However, they must submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to obtain the necessary approvals, in addition to vaccination certificates certified by the concerned authorities in the country.
They are also obligated to submit a PCR test taken within (48) hours from the date of departure.
NCEMA says the tests must be undergone before boarding the plan, at an accredited laboratory and carry a QR Code.
Previously it allowed official delegations and businessmen, subject to obtaining prior approval, as well as golden and silver residency holders.
It also exempted holders of essential jobs according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), and foreign aircraft crew. (Colombo/Aug04/2021)