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UAE to lift India, Pakistan transit flights ban from August 5

DUBAI, August 3, 2021

The UAE is lifting a ban on transit flights including from India and Pakistan starting from August 5, reported Reuters, citing the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA). 
 
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been suspended would be able to transit through its airports from Thursday as long as they present negative PCR tests taken 72 hours prior to departure, said NCEMA said on Twitter.
 
The Gulf state, a major international travel hub, had banned passengers from many South Asian and African states travelling through its airports this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The transit ban had also included Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Nigeria.
 
India and Pakistan are important markets for Emirates, Etihad Airways and other UAE carriers flydubai and Air Arabia.
 
Final destination approval would also have to be provided, the authority said, adding that UAE departure airports would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers.
 
NCEMA said that a ban on entry to the UAE for passengers from these countries would also be lifted for those with valid residencies and who are certified by Emirati authorities as fully vaccinated.
 
However, they would need to apply for online entry permits prior to travelling and would need to present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure, it added.



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