Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Dubai flights: Tourists not required to show vaccine records, say airlines

Dubai: Dubai-bound travellers are not required to show their vaccination records before entering the country, according to travel guidelines issued by the UAE and Indian carriers on Tuesday. The fresh travel update comes after UAE authorities announced the resumption of visit visas to Covid-vaccinated tourists from August 30.

Holders of all types of visa and/or entry permits granted by authorities in the UAE can now fly to Dubai, according to guidelines issued by UAE carriers Emirates and flydubai. Similar notices were published by Indian carriers Air India, Indigo and SpiceJet as well. An Air India official in Dubai also confirmed these reports to Khaleej Times on Monday.

Airlines published these revised guidelines based on protocols issued by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on Monday. At present, the approved visa categories allowed to travel into Dubai are residence visa, employment, short or extended stay, visit, and newly issued residence visa.

Inbound passengers arriving from restricted countries need to have a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected from an approved health facility. They also need to produce a rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.

31/08/21 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times


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