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Dubai allows entry of vaccinated Indians from June 23


Jeddah: The Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has announced that it will begin accepting Dubai-bound passengers from India and two other countries.

Following the revision of travel restrictions issued by the Dubai government which allows fully vaccinated travellers to return to the UAE, Emirates said that effective Wednesday, June 23, it will resume flights from India, South Africa and Nigeria.

The Dubai government on Saturday announced updated travel protocols with certain relaxations for inbound passengers from India, South Africa and Nigeria. Passenger flights from India were banned by the UAE late April in view of the second wave of Covid-19.

However, Indian visitors are not allowed to enter the country. Only those who have a valid residence visa and have received two doses of any UAE-approved vaccines are allowed to travel to Dubai, as per the new protocols.

There are four vaccines currently approved by the UAE government — Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

Passengers travelling to Dubai from India are required to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours prior to departure. They must undergo another RT-PCR test on arrival in Dubai. For those travelling from Telangana, rapid-PCR test facility is available at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad.

In addition, after arrival, passengers from India should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.

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