UAE flight restrictions: Entry of Expo 2020 Dubai participants allowed

Expo 2020 participants, exhibitors and personnel sponsored by the event's organisers are allowed to enter the UAE

  
The sign of Dubai Expo 2020 is seen at the entrance of the site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 16, 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose

The sign of Dubai Expo 2020 is seen at the entrance of the site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 16, 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose

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A new category of passengers will be allowed to enter the UAE from 16 countries where passenger entry continues to remain suspended.

According to the latest safety circular issued by the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Expo 2020 Dubai's international participants, exhibitors and personnel sponsored by the event's organisers are allowed to enter the UAE from the countries in question.

The circular dated July 22 categorically states that flight and passenger restrictions from the following countries remain:

a) Afghanistan

b) Bangladesh

c) Democratic Republic of Congo

d) India

e) Indonesia

f) Liberia

g) Namibia

h) Nepal

i) Nigeria

j) Pakistan

k) Uganda

l) Sierra Leone

m) South Africa

n) Sri Lanka

o) Vietnam

p) Zambia

The only exemptions are:

>> Citizens of the UAE and their first-degree relatives.

>> Diplomatic personnel between the UAE and the applicable countries, including the administrative workers

>> Official delegations, subject to obtaining prior approval.

>> UAE residents with gold or silver residency permit.

>> Expo 2020 international participants, Expo 2020 exhibitors and personnel sponsored by Expo 2020 organiser.

>> Crews of cargo flights and transit flights of foreign companies

>> Businessmen and businesswomen provided they hold an approval from the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones; and Heads of higher committees of the emergency, crisis and disaster management teams of the Emirate concerned.

>> Employees belonging to vital functions according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Sahim Salim

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