A bird’s eye view of the Sharjah International Airport.
Indians travelling to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will be allowed entry of the country without ICA approval, the Air India Express said on its website.
The airline said, “For Resident Permit Holders Returning to UAE – residents returning to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are permitted entry without ICA approval. All residence visa holders returning to Dubai must get a return approval from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA).
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has recommended Resident Permit Holders returning to UAE to upload their data on the uaeentry.ica.gov.ae to verify the authenticity of travel documents.
Passengers to Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah must download the following mobile applications in their phone.
For Dubai: Downloaded DXB Smart App, and for Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, downloaded ALHOSN Mobile Smart App.
For Indians with Tourist Visa/ any Valid Visa of UAE and travelling to UAE – Passport and related documents accepted for entry must have a minimum 6-month validity from the arrival date. Health Insurance covering COVID-19 is mandatory.
All passengers are required to check the UAE Government Authority Website for the latest updates on travel.
The airline also states that all passengers 12 years old and above, a valid Negative COVID – 19 PCR test report in the printed form, from a government-approved laboratory in India (ICMR) or a Certified designated laboratory which is available on screening.purehealth.ae website is required.
Passengers are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test not more than 96 hours before departure.
All residents are advised to conduct a CIVID-19 PCR test before flying to the UAE.
MoFAIC and ICA in a joint statement said the decision stems from the UAE's keenness to enable those holding valid residence visas to get reunited with their families after having been affected by the precautionary measures taken under the current exceptional circumstances to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision supports the ongoing efforts of the National Screening Programme to curb the spread of COVID-19 and the recent health achievements.
Cease-fire mediator Qatar said efforts are ongoing to renew the truce, which saw Israel pause most military activity in Gaza and release 300 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Palestinian group Hamas freeing over 100 hostages held in Gaza.
The emirate's delegation comprised the Sharjah Book Authority, Sharjah Literary Agency, Sharjah Department of Culture, Al Qasimi Publications, and Kalimat Group.
"You are the spirit of the union. You are its present and future. I pray to Allah Almighty to bless you and our nation with continued security, progress and prosperity," Sheikh Mohammed said.
In another homage to the UAE, Egyptian couple Manal Mohamed and Mahmoud Muhareb rang in UAE National Day with the birth of baby Zayed exactly at 12:00am, weighing 3.810 kg. After two boys and two girls, Zayed is their fifth child.