UAE Withdraws Requirement of Vaccination Certificate For Pakistanis

The UAE last month had extended the travel ban on passengers from Pakistan and other 13 countries until at least July 21

Nabila Tahir

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) clarified in a statement that passengers traveling from Pakistan to the UAE do not require a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

The embassy said in a statement on Thursday, “The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad, would like to clarify that the vaccination certificate of Covid-19 is not considered currently a requirement for travel to the UAE.”

The Foreign Office took up the matter of vaccination certificate requirement with the UAE authorities which was soon after withdrawn.

The FO spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry and UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi confirmed that the rule had been reversed as stated in ‘Dawn News’.

Earlier, the UAE authorities had told the government of Pakistan that passengers visiting UAE from August 1 require to get their vaccination certificates attested by the FO and the UAE embassy.

Many Pakistanis are facing challenging times due to the current ban on traveling to UAE and these ever-changing rules have added more to the frustrations of those who need to urgently travel to the UAE.

The UAE last month had extended the travel ban on passengers from Pakistan and other 13 countries until at least July 21.

UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, in a notice issued to Airmen (NOTAM), said flights from Pakistan and 13 other countries, including Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and South Africa, will remain suspended until 23:59 hours of July 21, 2021.

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