Dubai opens doors to holders of entry permits

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Dubai: In a major relief to scores of people who have been stranded in various parts of the world, Dubai allows entry permit holders to enter the country. Those who need to travel to other Emirates too can now fly to Dubai. Though entry permit holders were allowed to enter Dubai in the second week of August, it was abruptly cancelled.

An entry permit is a document that allows the foreigners to enter and stay in the country after applying for a new visa. Those who have entry permit do not need special permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Authority (GDRFA).

•The passengers should present the negative RTPCR test report done 48 hours prior to travel and also the report of RTPCR test done at the airport 6 hours before boarding the plane.

•Residency permit holders who upload the vaccination certificate on the GDFRA would get swift permission for entry.

•Holders of residency permit who fly to Dubai before travelling to other Emirates should seek the permission of Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

• Passengers who travel to all the Emirates barring Dubai should register at the website.

•Even though residency permit holders are allowed to enter Sharjah, air tickets haven’t been issued yet.

•Passengers travelling to Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaima on a visit visa should have taken two doses of vaccine approved by the World Health Organization.Various companies in Dubai have begun issuing employment visas.

Indians travel to Oman
Muscat: After almost 4 months, Indians who hold residency permit and new visas can enter the Sultanate of Oman from 12 pm on 1 September. Even though those who have been stranded in India for more than six months can return, the employer must renew their visas. Only those have been fully vaccinated with one of AstraZeneca (Covishield), Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, SinoPharm, Sinovac and Sputnik 5 vaccines that are approved by Oman would be allowed entry. Relaxation has been given to those who are below 18 years old and those with severe health issues. The passengers arriving on flights that take 8 hours or longer should ` cpresent negative RTPCR test report done within 96 hours. Meanwhile, others have to present the negative report of RTPCR done 72 hours prior to travel. 

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