Thursday, September 02, 2021

Dubai’s aviation regulator is working to restore pre-COVID-19 passenger numbers from India

Dubai: Dubai’s Civil Aviation Authority is working to restore UAE-India passenger numbers to pre-pandemic levels.

“We are working towards that goal; hopefully, we will get back to normal passenger movement, depending on the pandemic situations around the world,” said Mohammed Abdulla Lengawi, Executive Director of Aviation Security and Accident Investigation Sector at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.

UAE has started issuing tourist visas for fully vaccinated people from all countries as of August 30. The decision, which also applies to India, is expected to bring back one of the world’s busiest air routes.

The UK-UAE route is also showing signs of revival after UAE was added to UK’s ‘amber list’ last month. This means passengers fully vaccinated (under a UK, US or EU vaccination programme) against COVID-19 no longer have to quarantine on arrival in Britain.

Talks are on for a full normalization of travel between the two countries. “Our daily cases have dropped dramatically- the situation is under control – [and] we believe that this is advantageous to Dubai and might put UAE in the green list in UK,” said Lengawi.

Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah travel rules

Pre-approval for E-visa holders: All passengers arriving in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah with a newly issued e-visa must register prior to their departure.

UAE residents residing in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain arriving from all other countries: Passengers must visit ICA website before booking a flight to verify their entry status. Take a photocopy of the passport and UAE resident visa. No prior approval is required if resident of Sharjah or any other emirate.

PCR and rapid test: Passengers arriving from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka are required to take COVID-19 PCR test, conducted within 48 hours of the flight arrival time. Passengers are also required to conduct a rapid PCR test at the airport prior to departure and will go through another PCR test at the arriving airport. Test results for passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India should carry QR code on it.

Passengers arriving from other countries can conduct the test within 72 hours of the flight departure time. All passengers will be re-tested upon arrival. Passengers will be required to present a physical copy of the report at the check-in counter.

02/09/21 John Benny/Gulf News

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