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UAE Temporarily Suspends Visa-On-Arrival Service For Indian Passengers

Besides India, the ban was lifted for Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the visa-on-arrival facility for passengers arriving from or been in India in the past 14 days, Etihad Airways said on Aug. 24.

“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,” Etihad Airways Help said in a tweet.

The UAE, on Aug. 3, lifted the ban for transit travelers for six countries, including India.

Besides India, the ban was lifted for Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria, and Uganda.

“These categories include those with valid residency permits who have received full vaccination doses in the UAE and 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose and who have vaccination certificates approved by the official authorities in the country,” said UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority, the nodal agency in the UAE, which looks after the Covid-19 related relaxations in case of travel, in a tweet.

The UAE is a major transit hub for travelers as it connects the USA, Europe, and African countries. Still, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was suspended for several months.

The UAE also became one of the first countries to receive Sotrovimab medicine for the treatment of Covid-19.

“UAE is keen to monitor its citizens traveling to other countries, noting that after the outbreak of the pandemic, the “We Are With You” action team was formed, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) and representatives of local health authorities, to monitor Emiratis infected while abroad,” said Noura Al Ghaithi, Acting Executive Director of External Therapeutic Services.

“We need to adapt to a new and safer way of life and advise everyone to undergo necessary tests and fully adhere to relevant precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. We also advise unvaccinated people to quickly take the vaccine, as this is key to eliminating the virus and curbing its spread.”

“The UAE was among the first countries of the world to receive a shipment of Sotrovimab, one of the most successful anti-viral medicine in treating mild to moderate Covid-19 cases among high-risk patients including adults, pregnant women, and children aged 12 and above who are at risk of progressing to severe symptoms and meet other relevant criteria,” said Ghaithi.

“Therefore, we stress the importance of quickly heading to health centers to receive adequate treatment and healthcare.”

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Saptak Datta and Praveen Pramod Tewari