Pakistanis do not require attested vaccine certificate for travel to UAE

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Pakistanis do not require to carry an attested COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter the UAE. As per reports, the UAE Embassy in Islamabad has withdrawn an earlier decision requiring Pakistanis to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate attested from the UAE Embassy before travelling to the emirates.

Speaking to Gulf News, Ambassador of UAE to Islamabad Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al-Zaabi confirmed that there is no need for attested COVID-19 vaccine certificates for passengers travelling from Pakistan to UAE.

"We have intimated the Pakistan Foreign Affairs about the revised decision,” he added.

He affirmed that passengers can continue to travel from Pakistan to the UAE without any such restrictions.

Regular passenger flights from Pakistan were suspended by the UAE on May 13 in view of the surging cases of COVID-19 in south Asian country. At present, diplomats, golden visa holders, UAE nationals and officials are exempted from the travel restrictions. Furthermore, passengers flying through chartered flights from Pakistan can enter the UAE with prior special permission.

The UAE authorities also exempted Pakistani expats who are residents of the UAE if they took their COVID-19 vaccination from the emirates. They are required to show their vaccination status on Al Hosn App.

Earlier, UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority announced that the flight suspension will remain in place until July 21. UAE and Pakistani airlines have resumed flight bookings starting from July 21 even as an official announcement is still awaited.

As per a previous notification, the UAE had made it compulsory for passengers travelling from Pakistan to present COVID-19 vaccination certificates attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan and then by the UAE Embassy in Islamabad or the Consulate General in Karachi.

It also noted that the new rule for Pakistani travellers will be effective from August 1. 

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