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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will relax a restriction on transit passenger travel from Pakistan, India, Nigeria and other countries from August 5, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Tuesday.
The UAE, a key international travel hub, has barred travellers from numerous South Asian and African nations for several months owing to the coronavirus epidemic.
NCEMA stated on Twitter that travelers coming from countries whose flights had been halted will be permitted to transit through its airports from Thursday as long as they produce negative PCR tests taken 72 hours before to departure.
Final destination authorisation will also have to be granted, the authorities said, adding that UAE departure airports would establish separate lounges for transiting travellers.
The transit restriction had also covered Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. NCEMA added that a prohibition on entrance to the UAE for travelers from these countries will also be lifted for individuals with legal residencies and who are verified by Emirati officials as completely vaccinated.
However, they would need to apply for online entry permits before to flying and would need to produce a negative PCR test done 48 hours prior to departure.
Those working in the medical, educational or government sectors in the Gulf Arab state or those studying or finishing medical treatment in the UAE would be exempt from the vaccine requirement as would humanitarian circumstances.
New Travel Advisory for int’l Travellers
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday issued a revised travel advice for foreign incoming passengers in the wake of the fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the warning, the new limitations will go into force from August 9.
The CAA said all inbound passengers of age six years and above would be required to hold a valid negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to beginning of journey to Pakistan.
“All inbound travelers of age 6 years and above will be checked by quick antigen testing upon arrival in Pakistan,” the alert added.
Positive testing passengers between the age of six and 12 years will be home quarantined under the supervision of competent authorities, it added. “Positive testing travelers above 12 years of age will be confined at a designated facility as per protocol currently in vogue.
“Considering the dynamic nature of the Covid-19 issue, any or all inbound passengers may additionally be subjected to further restrictions as ordered by the appropriate health authorities upon arrival in Pakistan.”