UAE Allows Return of Vaccinated Residence Visa Holders From India, 14 Other Countries Starting Sep 12


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that fully vaccinated holders of valid residence visas will be allowed to come back from 15 countries that were previously on the suspended list, starting from 12 September 2021.

“UAE allows the return of fully vaccinated (World Health Organisation-approved vaccines) holders of valid residence visas, including those who stayed abroad for over six months,” said the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).

The decision covers passengers coming from the following 15 countries;

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • India
  • Liberia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

Arrival Requirements

  • Apply via the website of the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship (ICA), and complete the vaccination application in order to get the necessary approval in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE.
  • A negative PCR test result, done within 48 hours before departure at an approved lab that has a QR code, presented before departure.
  • Undertaking a Rapid PCR test before boarding and another PCR test on the fourth and eighth days of arrival while complying with all precautionary measures in place.
  • Children under 16 years old are exempt from these procedures.

Those who are fully vaccinated with any WHO-approved vaccines and who have been staying in one of the countries on the suspended list for more than six months since the suspension decision was issued for each country, can come to the country under a new entry permit, and rectify their status after entry.

All other previously announced precautionary measures for unvaccinated people coming from those countries remain in place.

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Manish Khandelwal
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