NEW DELHI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is now permitting silver residency permit holders — in addition to gold permits — from India and other countries in the subcontinent like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to enter the country.
However, UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority has mandated that travellers who are eligible to visit from these countries will have to wear “a monitoring and tracking device”.
Asked if this means further tightening of norms for visitors from India, a leading charter operator said: “There are no further restrictions. On the contrary, UAE is now permitting silver visa holders too, apart from golden visa holders. UAE makes you wear a bracelet for the 10-day quarantine. Passengers need to undergo an RT-PCR on the fourth day and then the eighth day. If the results are negative, then they can take off the bracelet and are free to go anywhere.”
“Their movement is limited to the required movement between the hotel and the airport without coming into close contact with persons of the community,” GCAA quarantine rules for visitors from the Indian subcontinent says.
UAE for now has extended restriction on travellers from India till July 6. The biggest international destination for Indian travellers, UAE had imposed restriction from April 25 due to the unfolding Covid catastrophe in India.
“Emirates has suspended passenger flights from India effective.. until July 6, 2021. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE. UAE Nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions who comply with the revised published COVID-19 protocols will be exempt for travel,” the Emirates website says.
UAE has in past few days forcing stricter rules to prevent the fast-spreading virus mutant playing havoc in India at the moment from reaching its shores by constantly tightening regulations. It has barred business jet operators from selling individual seats on charters headed to the country from Covid hotspots.
GCAA has ruled that only a maximum of eight passengers can now fly into the UAE on business jets till further orders. Both the charter restrictions are mainly aimed at India due to the massive demand from the country by eligible category of travellers.