The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lift a ban on transit passenger traffic from Pakistan, India, Nigeria and other countries from August 5, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday.
The UAE, a major international travel hub, has banned passengers from many South Asian and African countries for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NCEMA said on Twitter that passengers travelling from countries where flights had been suspended would be able to transit through its airports from Thursday as long as they present negative PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure.
Final destination approval would also have to be provided, the authority said, adding that UAE departure airports would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers.
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The transit ban had also included Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. NCEMA said that a ban on entry to the UAE for passengers from these countries would also be lifted for those with valid residencies and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated.
However, they would need to apply for online entry permits prior to travelling and would need to present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure.
Those working in the medical, educational or government sectors in the Gulf Arab state as well as those studying or completing medical treatment in the UAE would be exempt from the vaccination requirement as would humanitarian cases.
New travel advisory for int’l travellers
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday issued a revised travel advisory for international inbound travellers in the wake of the fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic.
According to the advisory, the new restrictions will go into effect from August 9.
The CAA said all inbound passengers of age six years and above will be required to possess a valid negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan.
"All arriving passengers of age 6 years and above will be tested through rapid antigen testing upon arrival in Pakistan," the advisory said.
Positive testing passengers between the age of six and 12 years will be home quarantined under the supervision of concerned authorities, it said. "Positive testing passengers above 12 years of age will be quarantined at a designated facility as per procedure already in vogue.
"Considering the volatile nature of the Covid-19 situation, any or all arriving passengers may also be subjected to additional stipulations as mandated by the relevant health authorities upon arrival in Pakistan."
(With input from our correspondent)
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