Now, holders of any type of visa can fly to the UAE from countries where travel had previously been restricted. UAE opened its doors to residency visa holders from restricted countries on August 5, but from August 30, it began welcoming holders of tourist visas, entry permits, and other types of e-visas.
There are, however, some differences between emirates in terms of travel rules and procedures. Sharjah requires tourists to register before traveling, whereas Dubai does not. The following is a breakdown of the rules for traveling from restricted countries to Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah.
Dubai: Emirates airline says that passengers with newly issued visas can fly with visas on arrivals, such as short or long-term residence visas, or visas for work. Travelers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Uganda should note the following.
It is not necessary to obtain pre-travel approval from the ICA or GDRFA. Covid vaccination is not mandatory, according to multiple tweets from Emirates Support, the airline’s customer service account. No more than 48 hours before travel, the Covid19 PCR must yield a negative result. An approved health facility must conduct the test, and the result must include a QR code. Rapid PCR test report with QR code for a test performed at the departure airport within six hours of departure.
According to guidelines issued by authorities in the UAE, Sharjah-based Air Arabia, and Indian carrier Air India Express have issued the following guidelines for e-visa holders traveling to Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah:
Passengers with e-visas who are Covid-vaccinated are permitted to travel to Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. With an e-visa newly issued in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, you must register upfront: https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals
A WHO-approved vaccine called Covid-19 must be fully administered. When departing, they must provide a vaccination certificate. Within 48 hours of arrival, passengers must submit to a Covid-19 PCR test. Additionally, they must conduct a rapid PCR test at the airport before departing. In Sharjah, they will undergo another PCR test.