Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi based airline on Wednesday said on its websites that starting from August 27, all passengers must register on the ICA platform five days before their flight to Abu Dhabi.
“If you’re flying on or before 27 August, please register as soon as you can before your flight. Some exemptions apply,” said Etihad Airways on its website.
It is important to note that passengers can only travel to Abu Dhabi if they are citizens or residents United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Also if they are eligible for a visa on arrival or hold a visit visa for Abu Dhabi. For tourists, the visa must be issued in Abu Dhabi.
How to register on ICA?
- Travellers must register via the ICA smart travel service no later than five days before your flight to Abu Dhabi
- To register, passengers need to enter details such as their name, expected arrival date, arrival port, departure country, passport details, dates of vaccination doses, etc.
- Download the UAE Al Hosn app – you’ll need this when you arrive.
- Passengers will only be able to enter public places in Abu Dhabi if they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have green status in the Al Hosn app.
Following vaccines approved in the UAE are:
- Sinopharm Vaccine
- Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
- Sputnik Vaccine
- Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
- Moderna Vaccine
- Sputnik V vaccine.
UAE Suspends Visa-on-arrival Facility For Indians
Earlier this week the airline also said that the UAE authorities have temporarily suspended the Visa-on-arrival facility for Indian passengers who are arriving from or have been in India in the past 14 days.
However, the airline has not stated ant specific reason for the suspension.
In response to a customer’s query, the airline said, “The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the Visa-on-arrival facility for passengers who are arriving from or been in India in the past 14 days. We’re working to update our website, please keep an eye on https://bit.ly/TravelGuideEN for the latest regulations.”
UAE To Allow Entry of Tourists From India, Other Countries
As the Coronavirus cases continue to decrease the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to allow Indian passport holders, who have not been to the country in the last 14 days, to obtain tourist visas.
Dubai-based low-cost carrier Flydubai has also announced this on its official website, “Passengers carrying passports of India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Uganda with tourist visas can be accepted if they have not entered or been in those countries in the last 14 days.”
Apart from India, a similar facility will also be extended to citizens of Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.