Travel ease: Dubai eases travel restrictions, allows entry to vaccinated Indians with residence visas
The UAE had closed its borders for travelers from India due to a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country
during the second wave of the pandemic.
Authorities in Dubai have eased travel restrictions for its residents from certain countries, including India, if they have
received two doses of a UAE-approved Covid-19 vaccine, according to a media report.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, headed by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, announced updates to Dubai’s travel protocols for inbound passengers from South Africa, Nigeria
and India, effective from June 23, the Gulf News reported.
With regard to travel from India, only passengers with a valid residence visa who have received two doses of a UAE-
approved vaccine, can travel to Dubai. There are four vaccines approved by the UAE government —
Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca, the report added.
However, from , non-residence passengers can travel subject to the vaccination
and PCR test conditions.
A negative test certificate from a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure is part of the requirement, the report said.
Exempting the UAE nationals from this requirement, Only QR-coded negative PCR test certificates are accepted, it
Furthermore, passengers from India are to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours prior to departure to Dubai.
They must also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai. In addition, following arrival, passengers from India
should undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is within 24 hours, the
By Cynthia N.