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UAE to resume tourist visas for vaccinated travelers

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will resume issuing tourist visas to vaccinated travelers from all countries starting on August 30, the state news agency (WAM) reported on Saturday.

This decision covers countries from which entry was previously banned are-India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Vaccinated travelers will also be required to undergo a mandatory PCR test at the airport.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority For Identity And Citizenship (ICA) jointly announced the start of accepting applications for tourist visas for vaccinated tourists from all countries who have received full doses of the WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines. Read: Saudi Arabia resumes tourist visas on Aug. 1

The tourist visa is typically granted to individuals who are not eligible for visa-on-arrival in the UAE and is valid for 30 or 90 days. The UAE Cabinet approved a five-year multiple-entry tourist visa for all nationalities on March 21.

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