A UAE ban on travelers from India, South Africa and Nigeria remains in place, the UAE Civil Aviation Authority said today, following Dubai’s announcement that it would ease visa restrictions on travelers, from the above countries.
Dubai is the business and tourist center of the region, but also the most popular of the seven emirates that make up the UAE.
During the pandemic, the seven UAE emirates developed some of their own separate policies to address COVID-19.
In a statement to air force (NOTAM) today, the UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) cited a June 21 document banning travelers from 13 countries, including Pakistan, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubai announced on June 19 that the travel ban for those who have visited India, Nigeria and South Africa in the last 14 days will be lifted on June 23.
The changes provide that entry will be allowed to UAE residents who have traveled to India and are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, to anyone in South Africa who has been fully vaccinated and to those in Nigeria who have been tested for coronavirus within 48 hours.
A GCAA spokesperson said today that those traveling from India are still barred from entering the UAE, without commenting further on the Dubai government.
The Dubai Press Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dubai-based airline Emirates said on Twitter that flights from India would be available from July 7, noting that this could change.
“We are waiting for the exact travel protocols and instructions before we resume the flights,” Emirates said.
Indians represent one of the largest communities in the UAE and are the largest source of market for tourists.
Dubai reopened its borders to foreign tourists in July, while Abu Dhabi requires a quarantine period for arrivals from most countries.
A national ban on arrivals from India began in April as the country faced an outbreak of COVID-19 infections.
Certain individuals, such as UAE citizens and diplomats, have been exempted from entry bans.