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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE authorities have allowed stranded residents to return to UAE, the Dubai Airport officials and Emirates said that General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA) approval mandatory for all passengers returning to the Emirate.
The decision is effective from Aug.5, for passengers travel to and through Dubai from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
The Emirates website said, “Dubai visa holders must apply for pre‑entry approval through General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).”
The GDRFA approval is one of the most important conditions for entry to the UAE. Apart from the approval, all passengers must have a valid COVID 19 test certificate issued within 48 hours between the time of sample collection and scheduled flight departure.
The authorities have clarified that PCR test reports would only be accepted from certified labs in the native country.
The test must be carried out by an accredited laboratory with a QR code.
Before boarding, in addition to application, a rapid PCR test is required, and upon arrival quarantine and PCR testing will be carried out. Emiratis are exempted from the above requirements but subject to COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
Exemptions for non vaccinated passengers:
• Holders of golden and silver visas and diplomats.
• Healthcare workers including doctors, nurses and technicians.
• Education sector workers including professors, teachers and students studying in the UAE.
• Government employees.
• Exhibitors and participants who are under the sponsorship of EXPO 2020.
Dubai residents just need the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) approval prior to their return to the UAE.
Dubai has revealed that the number of passengers traveling through Dubai airports during the past year was 17 million and 889 thousand and 183 passengers, while smart gates’ user exceeded the one million mark with 706 thousand and 619 passengers.
It has been also confirmed that a PCR test with negative result of maximum 96 hours is must to enter the country for all except children under 12 and people of determination. Everyone will also have to abide by a 14-day-quarantie or 7 days for vital jobs, in addition to installing Al Hosn applications, ICA added.
Tariq Saeed Allay, Director General of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), has underscored the strategic importance of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) in leveraging the standards of government communication practices in the region and the world. He pointed out that IGCF,
UAE residents have hailed with caution the decision of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management (NECDM) on the non-obligatory use of face masks in certain situations such as among household members as well as for customers at beauty salon for haircut and facial services.
As of Oct.4 the vaccination certificate from the UAE Al Hosn application will be in compliance with the rules for travel from the Emirates to UK for those who have been fully vaccinated using Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Johnson.
In a press conference, Pavan Kapoor, Ambassador of India to the UAE said, “The Indian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is fully prepared to receive millions of visitors to the event with an innovative design and a full program of events and activities.”