UAE Travel: Air Arabia relaxed PCR test requirements for 8 countries

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UAE based budget carrier Air Arabia has lifted the rapid RT-PCR test requirement for passengers flying into the Emirate from several countries. Sharjah based carrier Air Arabia confirmed this today (22/02/2022)

Passengers arriving at carriers’ hub Sharjah International Airport from India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt and Uganda will no longer require PCR and rapid testing requirements announced Air Arabia on its updated list of travel regulations.

The airline further noted that Air Arabia passengers, including UAE nationals, are only required to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test conducted within 48 hours of the flight arrival time.

“Passengers will go through another PCR test at the arriving airport. Passengers are no longer required to conduct rapid PCR test at the airport six hours prior to departure,” the revised regulations published on the airline’s website specified. UAE nationals and children below 12 years are exempt from the test.

Besides the updated test regulations, residence visa holders must continue to have a valid ICA/ GDRFA approval prior to departure.

Travellers, however, need to undergo a re-test upon arrival at Sharjah International Airport.

However, it is always important to contact the airline before making your travel arrangements due to sudden changes in policies. These changes are made to encourage visitors who seek to visit Emirates for tourism and business purposes. Possibly these changes will soon add to Dubai the Emirati gateway airport as well.

According to the local news agencies of UAE, local authorities are expecting the same relaxation from countries like India to make sure that the returning passengers after visiting their states.

The United Kingdom lifted their covid regulations this week and US retailers like Walmart and Amazon also lifted their mask mandatory law for fully vaccinated employees.

You are strongly requested to consult your ticketing agent and the airline before making your travel arrangements.

Children under the age of 16 exempt from tests

In addition, children under the age of 16 years are exempt from the tests. According to the statement, “Children arriving from Egypt under the age of 12 years are exempt from the tests,”

Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India should carry test reports with QR codes for their previously imposed ordinary pre-flight tests as they do not need Rapid RT-PCR report.

Category of passengers are allowed to travel from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh:

> Fully vaccinated residents after 14 days of taking the second dose of any WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine and hold the vaccination certificate issued by the health authorities including the certificate on the Al Hosn App. Children below the age of 16 years are exempt from vaccination.

> Fully vaccinated visitors after 14 days of taking the second dose of any WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine and hold the vaccination certificate issued by the health authorities.

> All vaccinated passengers with e-visas arriving in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

> All vaccinated and non-vaccinated medical personnel working in the UAE including the doctors, nurses and technicians.

> All vaccinated and non-vaccinated education sector staff, including teachers of universities, colleges, schools and institutes.

> All vaccinated and non-vaccinated students currently studying in UAE.

> Humanitarian cases who have valid visas (for a family reunion).

> All vaccinated and non-vaccinated governmental staff of Federal and local entities.

> Vaccinated and non-vaccinated long-term visa holders (Golden visa)

> Vaccinated and non-vaccinated diplomats

Sources: Khaleej Times See More…

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