India extends repatriation mission in Gulf region

Indian nationals returning from Dubai on a special flight wait to be transferred to a quarantine facility on May 13,2020. (AFP)
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Updated 27 July 2020

India extends repatriation mission in Gulf region

  • Air India will operate flights to Sharjah to collect nationals

DUBAI: India is extending its repatriation flights by six days starting Aug. 1 for non-resident Indians in the Gulf affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of airports involved in the previous four phases of the repatriation program has also been expanded.

Air India will operate flights to Sharjah to collect nationals, according to state news agency WAM.

The airline’s scheduled domestic flights for the repatriation mission will be solely for expat Indians - local passengers will not be allowed onboard.

The repatriation mission will also cover airports in Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.

The Vande Bharat mission was started by the Indian government on May 6, with Air India and other private carriers running unscheduled flights to repatriate nationals stuck overseas because of the pandemic.

A more detailed schedule for the mission’s latest phase, involving other Indian carriers is being finalized and is expected before Aug. 1, when the new schedules comes into effect.


Dubai changes coronavirus test requirements for entry

Updated 27 October 2020

Dubai changes coronavirus test requirements for entry

  • Visitors from the UK and Germany may either present a valid negative PCR test or take it upon arrival in Dubai
  • PCR tests are valid for 96 hours and each passenger in Dubai must present a printed version either in in English or Arabic

DUBAI: Dubai has changed COVID-19 test requirements for entry for tourists and residents returning from specific destinations, Emirates said in a statement posted on its website.
UAE residents returning from Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the US, specifically New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and Seattle need to either present a valid negative coronavirus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or take it upon arrival in Dubai.
Meanwhile, tourists coming from the aforementioned destinations must present a valid negative PCR test, but do not have to test again at arrival.
Visitors from the UK and Germany may either present a valid negative PCR test or take it upon arrival in Dubai.
Individuals transiting Dubai from above mentioned destinations meanwhile do not need to provide a PCR test in Dubai unless its required by the final destination.
But residents and tourists coming from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, specifically California, Florida, Texas, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe must take two PCR tests.
The first test must be done before a passenger’s departure, and the second test upon arriving in Dubai. Meanwhile, transiting travelers must have a valid negative PCR test and all requirements for their final destination.
PCR tests are valid for 96 hours and each passenger in Dubai must present a printed version either in in English or Arabic.