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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE has postponed the implementation of a visa-exemption agreement with Israel after Israel required anyone entering from the Gulf state to be quarantined as a COVID-19 precaution.
Visa waivers were a centrepiece of a Sept.15 deal formalising Israeli-UAE relations. According to Israel's Foreign Ministry, they were meant to have gone into effect by Feb.13, having been ratified by Abu Dhabi last Wednesday.
But the Israeli ministry said in a statement that its UAE counterpart had "suspended" the waiver agreement until July 1 "given efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus."
Citizens of the two countries can obtain visas through their airlines, as tens of thousands have done since the normalisation pact.
Monday's announcement followed a decision by Israel's Health Ministry to require that anyone coming from the UAE be taken to a military-run "coronavirus motel" for a quarantine lasting between 10 and 12 days.
Israel has been struggling with the pandemic even as it implements the world's fastest-paced vaccination programme. Israel's Health Ministry has logged more than 5,000 new cases per day this week.
According to the South African Department of Home Affairs, the UAE was added to the visa waiver list, with the possibility of UAE citizens travelling to South Africa to stay for a period up to 90 days effective as of Aug.15, 2019.
As of Sunday, the Authority will start receiving applications for renewal of ID cards and visas applications that expired during March and April. For applications that expired in in May, it will begin accepting them on Aug.8, 2020.
The deal was signed after the first ever official delegation from the UAE landed in Israel for a day of talks following an agreement to normalise ties signed at the White House last month.
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