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Covid-19 in UAE: Vaccinated Tourists from All Countries Can Now Apply for a Tourist Visa

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The UAE will begin issuing visit visas again for fully vaccinated travelers. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has announced that travelers can apply for a visit visa from August 30, 2021 if they have received a full dose of a Covid-19 vaccine that is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Here are four things you need to know if you are applying for a visit visa.

1. Only WHO-approved vaccines are being accepted for the visa application

The World Health Organization has approved the following vaccines: Covishield, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac. Passengers must be vaccinated a full dose with any of these vaccines to be eligible for a visit visa.

2. Passengers must take a PCR test

All passengers arriving on a visit visa must also take a rapid PCR test upon arrival. This is mandatory and the rules and exemptions for unvaccinated travelers remain the same.

3. Passengers from previously-banned countries are also eligible for a visit visa

Passengers from India, Pakistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and other countries where flights were previously halted due to rising Covid-19 cases, can also apply for a visit visa. They must take a rapid PCR test upon arrival.

4. Travelers can register their vaccination status on the ICA or Al Hosn app

Traveler can register their vaccination status and submit proof of vaccination on the ICA or Al Hosn app. This enables them to avail the benefits that are given to vaccinated individuals in the UAE.

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