As of 30 August, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will resume issuing visas to all visitors completely vaccinated against COVID-19, a month before Dubai hosts the scheduled Expo 2020 trade fair. It’s good news for all visitors that UAE to resume issuing of visas for vaccinated people from all countries and they can easily be a part of Expo 2020.
According to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) travel guidelines, tourists will require to be vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccine shots approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The visitors also require to register their vaccination status on the government’s health app.
Daily positive cases in the country have been dropping since last week, dropping to fewer than 1,000 since then. Vaccination rates were close to 92 percent, the highest in the world after Malta.
It has been jointly announced by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Agency (NCEMA) that applications for tourist visas will be open to people from all countries who have received World Health Organization (WHO)-approved vaccines.
The Vaccines Approved By World Health Organization (WHO)
- AstraZeneca/AZD1222(manufactured by the SII and SK Bio)
Official WAM news agency reported that the UAE’s plan to reopen its doors to tourists came as a result of the need for sustained economic recovery. According to WAM, the decision applies to all countries, including those with residents from countries previously banned.
Tourists wanting to get the advantages offered to those vaccinated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may do so through the Al Hosn app or the ICA platform. But, all the rules for unvaccinated tourists, comprising exempted categories, stay in places, according to the new UAE travel guidelines.
The UAE’s move falls in line with a global strategy intended to balance the health of the population with the needs of many vital sectors and will support national efforts to achieve durable recovery and boost the economy.
The tourist visa is granted for either 30 days or 90 days and usually applies to people who are not eligible for visa-on-arrival in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On March 21, the UAE cabinet had also authorized the introduction of a multi-entry tourist visa valid for five years.
Earlier this month, the Arab country allowed tourists holding passports of many SAARC countries comprising India to enter the country on a tourist visa offered they have not visited or been in these countries in the last 14 days.
Six hours before departure, the airport can conduct COVID-19 tests. Are you a UAE resident who is planning to travel to the Emirates from India, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, or Uganda? Arrive at the airport well in advance of the COVID-19 test, which must be completed at the airport before departure.
While living conditions in the country have mostly returned to normal despite the COVID pandemic, masks and social distancing continue to be strictly enforced. Last year Dubai was counting on the six-month Dubai Expo 2020 to boost the economy and attract visitors. The event was postponed by the health crisis for a year and is set to open in October.
Due to the emirate’s heavy reliance on tourism, it was one of the first places to open its doors to tourists, accepting tourists only a few months after the pandemic started. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, has been more careful, opening up to some tourists only in December.
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