Abu Dhabi: Expatriates from a number of countries, including those in the Indian subcontinent, can now enter the UAE, provided they have received both doses of a COVID vaccine approved in the country.
Entry is now permitted to UAE residents from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda, as of August 5, 2021.
The news was announced by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority and the National Emergency, Crisis, and Disaster Management Authority, reports WAM, the UAE’s national news agency.
Entrants must have received their second vaccine doses at least 14 days prior to their departure to the UAE. They must also provide vaccination certificates confirming the same.
“Medical personnel working in the country will be excluded from this rule, including doctors, nurses, and technicians, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated,” added WAM. “This also includes those who work in the educational sector in the country who teach in universities, colleges, schools and institutes.”
Exclusions also apply to “students studying in the country, humanitarian workers who hold valid residency, and workers in federal and local government agencies, as well as those who travelled overseas for treatment, whether or not they are vaccinated,” added WAM.
All of those who are eligible for exemptions must submit a request on the website of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to obtain the necessary approvals. If they have vaccination certificates, these need to be certified by the relevant authorities in their home country.