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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE aviation authorities said on Thursday that Expo 2020 related people would be allowed to enter the country despite the ban on entry from certain countries.
The GCAA, according to one circular that was issued, rendered the following category of persons originating from restricted countries eligible to enter the UAE, that is Expo 2020 international participants, Expo 2020 exhibitors and personnel sponsored by Expo 2020 organisers.
The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing the United Arab Emirates to issue new restrictions on flights and passengers, according to the GCAA.
The UAE government is closely monitoring the situation and will provide more information and clarifications when necessary.
The authorities said that apart from Expo 2020 participants and exhibitors, there are seven other categories of people who are exempted from a travel ban.
—Emiratis and their relatives
—Golden Visa holders
—Diplomatic mission staff
—Official delegations after obtaining prior approval from the UAE government.
—Cargo and transit flight crew of foreign companies holding a valid PCR test. PCR test is valid when it is showing a negative result and meets the required public health protocol.
The test is performed within 48 hours before flight to the UAE.
—Businessmen and businesswomen, provided they hold an approval from the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones, and heads of higher committees of the emergency, crisis and disaster management teams of the Emirate concerned.
—Persons with important functions according to the classification of the Federal Office of Personality and Citizenship.
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