The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced that it’ll resume issuing visas to all vacationers absolutely vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus from Monday.
This improvement comes amid a drop in coronavirus infections within the nation after it reported lower than 1,000 instances per day final week for the primary time in months.
The UAE’s choice to reopen its doorways to vacationers from all international locations was taken so as “to realize sustainable restoration and financial progress”, the official WAM information company reported on Saturday.
These eligible must be absolutely inoculated with one of many Covid-19 vaccines authorised by the World Well being Group, which embrace AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
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“The choice applies to residents of all international locations, together with these arriving from beforehand banned international locations,” WAM mentioned.
“Passengers arriving on vacationer visas should take a compulsory PCR check on the airport,” it added.
The UAE is made up of seven emirates together with the capital Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Whereas residing within the nation has largely returned to regular amid the Covid pandemic, it continues to implement strict guidelines on sporting masks and social distancing.
Dubai was final yr relying on the six-month Dubai Expo 2020 — delayed a yr by the well being disaster and now set to open in October – to draw hundreds of thousands of holiday makers and enhance the financial system.
Closely reliant on tourism, the emirate was one of many first locations to open its doorways to travellers, accepting vacationers in July final yr, only a few months after the pandemic took maintain.
Abu Dhabi, in the meantime, has been extra cautious, opening as much as some guests solely in December.
Dubai had imposed ranges of journey restrictions, forcing travellers to go for different locations.
Since March, scheduled flights between Nigeria and the UAE have been stopped following a diplomatic row over COVID-19 protocol.
The UAE authorities had instructed Nigerian travellers on the Lagos and Abuja airports to take one other PCR check on arrival in Dubai.
However Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, criticised the choice and termed it “discriminatory profiling” of Nigerian travellers.