Now, NRIs can travel to Dubai without taking Indian vaccines

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Dubai: In a major relief to scores of stranded NRIs, the airline companies have made it clear that Indians, who have not taken Covid-19 vaccines, will also be allowed to fly to Dubai.

The Dubai `Resident Visa' holders, who have received travel permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners' Affairs (GDRFI), can fly to Dubai.

Though airline companies such as Indigo, Air India Express, Air India and FlyDubai had made announcements to this effect, the official information from the Dubai disaster management cell has not yet come.

The documents, such as RTPCR negative test certificate taken within the last 48 hours of travel and the Covid test negative results taken from the airport within four hours before the departure of the flights, are mandatory for travel to Dubai.

Earlier last week, the UAE Visa holders from India, who had taken Covishield, were allowed to fly to Dubai. Yesterday, those who took Indian vaccines flew to Sharjah by Air Arabia flight.

According to travel agencies, the UAE Government on Monday gave travel permission on humanitarian grounds to categories such as those who were separated because of the pandemic for a long time, those who want to take admission in schools, the senior citizens having resident Visa, and pregnant women.

But only those who took two doses of vaccines from the UAE are allowed to visit the capital city of Abu Dhabi. Air India is yet to receive permission to operate flights to Abu Dhabi.  

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