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Dubai eases restrictions for travellers from India

21 Jun 2021 by Business Traveller India
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The Dubai government has announced updates on travel protocols for inbound passengers from India, South Africa and Nigeria, effective from  June 23, 2021.

Through these updates, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, headed by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum aims to express its “keenness to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on Covid-19 precautionary measures put in place to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing.”

With regards to travel from India, only passengers with a valid residence visa who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, are allowed to travel to the emirate. In addition, travellers should also provide a negative test certificate from a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. UAE nationals are exempted from this requirement. Only QR-coded negative PCR test certificates are accepted.

Passengers from India are also required to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours prior to departure to Dubai and must also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai. They should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours. UAE citizens and diplomats are exempted from institutional quarantine.

For travel from South Africa, those who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine can enter Dubai. Passengers must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure to Dubai. UAE nationals are exempted from this PCR test requirement. Passengers must also undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai. Transit passengers are required to comply with entry protocols of final destinations.

Travellers from Nigeria must also present a negative test result for a PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure. UAE citizens are exempted from this requirement. The negative PCR test certificate should carry a QR code and the test must have been conducted by labs approved by the Nigerian Government. Passengers must also undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai. Transit passengers should comply with entry protocols of final destinations.

The updated travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimising precautionary measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments, stated the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.

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