DUBAI – The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Tuesday that the UAE will lift a ban on transit passenger traffic from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and other countries beginning August 5.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UAE, a key international travel hub, has prohibited passengers from various South Asian and African countries for several months.
Passengers traveling from countries where flights have been suspended will be able to transit via NCEMA airports beginning Thursday if they submit negative PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure, according to NCEMA on Twitter.
#الطوارئ_والأزمات و #الطيران_المدني تعلنان عن استثناء فئات جديدة من المسافرين من بعض الدول التي تم منع القدوم منها والتي تشمل كلاً من الهند وباكستان وسيريلانكا والنيبال ونيجيريا وأوغندا وذلك اعتباراً من تاريخ 5 أغسطس.#يدا_بيد_نتعافى pic.twitter.com/NB2hEJdKzN
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) August 3, 2021
The authorities also stated that final destination authorisation would be required, and that UAE departure airports would set up separate lounges for transiting travellers.
Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda were also subject to the transit prohibition.
The NCEMA stated that the ban on admission to the UAE for passengers from these countries would be lifted for people with proper residency and who are certified as completely vaccinated by Emirati officials.
They would, however, need to apply for online entry permits ahead to travel and provide a negative PCR test taken 48 hours before departure.
Those working in the Gulf Arab state’s medical, educational, or government sectors, as well as those studying or receiving medical treatment in the UAE, would be exempt from the vaccination mandate, as would humanitarian circumstances.
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