Passengers heading from India to the United Arab Emirates, and even those who have stayed in India for the past two weeks, will not access the “visa on arrival” facility.
In response to a query, Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, said in a tweet: “The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for passengers arriving or having been in India in the last 14 days. We are working on updating our website; please keep an eye on https://bit.ly/TravelGuideEN for the latest regulations. ”
Similar rules apply for passengers arriving from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Namibia, among other countries.
Passengers traveling to the UAE must bring a negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test report no more than six hours before boarding the flight.
The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the installation of Visa on Arrival for passengers arriving or having been in India in the last 14 days.
After a tough battle against the second wave that peaked in May, India saw a drop in daily Covid cases starting in June. As the country steps up measures in anticipation of a third wave, the government is trying to accelerate the rate of vaccination.
Last week, the United States eased travel restrictions for India when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lowered India to “Level 2: Moderate”. While the US State Department declined the grade at “Level 2: Exercise Extra Caution.” “reported the Reuters news agency.
Earlier this month, the UK moved India from the “red” list to the “amber” list. Amid the pandemic, the UK has segmented travel lists into “red,” “amber,” and “green” based on the coronavirus situation in a country.