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UAE suspends visa-on-arrival for passengers arriving from India with US, UK visas

Suspended for those arriving from or have been in India in the past 14 days: Emirates


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has temporarily suspended visa-on-arrival facilities for Indian nationals with visa or residence permit issued by the US, the UK or a European Union member state who are arriving from or have been in India in the past 14 days. This was announced by Etihad Airways on Twitter on Monday.

"The UAE authorities have decided to temporarily suspend the Visa-on-arrival facility for passengers who are arriving from or been in India in the past 14 days. We're working to update our website, please keep an eye on https://bit.ly/TravelGuideEN for latest regulations," Etihad Help tweeted. However, it did not provide any reason or further details for the decision.

Last week, Etihad Airways had said that Indians with a visa or residence permit issued by the US, UK or an EU Member State could visit Abu Dhabi. "If you are an Indian citizen, you are now eligible to apply for a visa when you arrive in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi. To qualify, you must have a US visitor visa or green card, or holding a UK or EU residence valid for at least six months. And your passport must have at least six months validity," the national carrier had said in a statement.

Earlier in August, Emirates had announced that UAE residents flying in from India and five other nations are no longer required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate for entry.

All passengers with a valid UAE residence visa are allowed to travel to and through Dubai from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, provided they have a valid COVID-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours between the time of sample collection and scheduled flight departure, the Gulf News reported.

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