Good news for vaccinated holders of valid residency visa travelling to UAE

UAE allows entry of vaccinated holders of valid UAE residency visa from previously suspended countries.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA)  and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced entry of passengers travelling to UAE of fully vaccinated – with World Health Organisation – approved vaccines – holders of valid UAE residence visa coming from the countries previously on the suspended list, starting from 12th September.

The decision includes passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Arriving passengers must apply via the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). They have to complete the vaccination application in order to get the necessary approvals, in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE.

A negative PCR test result, done within 48 hours before departure at an approved lab that has a QR code, must also be presented before departure. They must also undertake a Rapid PCR test before boarding and another PCR test on the fourth and eighth day of arrival while complying with all precautionary measures in place.

Children under 16 years old are exempt from these procedures if travelling to UAE. Those who are fully vaccinated with any WHO-approved vaccines and who have been staying in one of the countries in the suspended list for more than six months since suspension decision was issued for each country, can come to the country under a new entry permit, and rectify their status after entry.

All other previously announced precautionary measures for unvaccinated people coming from those countries remain in place


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