Good News For Indians With Work Permits and Residency Visas Waiting to Go Back to UAE

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There are thousands of Indians who have come down post-Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown may have good news coming in their way very soon. According to the reports, the International Flights will be resuming soon and it will pave the way for the thousands of Indians with the work permit and residency visas to go back to their jobs in Dubai. 

According to the reports, one of the top diplomats of UAE (United Arab Emirates) to India on Wednesday said that the West Asian Country is in talk with the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Civil Aviation in India for starting of the flights to ferry Indian citizens with the UAE’s residency visas or work permits to places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, etc.

The companies in UAE need the people from India as much as the Indians need their jobs back in the Arab Countries. Since it is high paying and secure. 

According to the airline officials, thousands of Indian citizens with work permits and residency visas in UAE have been wanting to go back to their jobs in Dubai but they could not do so due to the travel restrictions, but now the scenario seems to changing soon. 

“We have received thousands of requests from people saying if they do not return back to Dubai in time, they will be sacked from their jobs,” the official said. These people had arrived prior to the lockdown in March and have since been stranded here with no option to fly back. This has created a pent-up demand and the people have been approaching governments of both countries to allow them to fly to the UAE.

“We have received thousands of requests from people saying if they do not return back to Dubai in time, they will be sacked from their jobs,”

What are the requirements for you need to fulfill to fly to the UAE?

According to the UAE’s Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna, as of now the country is allowing residency visa holders and the tourists to enter its borders given that they fulfill the following two conditions:- 

They need to have an approval from the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, which can be taken online. 

They need to submit a Covid19 PCR test done no more than 96 hours from the date of arrival into the UAE. 

However, despite many ready to meet these stipulations, there are diplomatic bottlenecks for people to fly back.

What are the Hurdles on the way of Indians Waiting to fly Back to UAE?

According to the reports, the major hurdle is the procedure followed by the Indian Government that do no allow the opening up of an airports for foreign carriers to carry passengers from here. Earlier, state-owned airlines Air India, and its subsidiary Air India Express were pulled up by the UAE authorities for ferrying regular passengers from India to the UAE on flights meant to specifically repatriate Indian citizens from the UAE to India. 

Following this, the carriers, which were the sole operators of Vande Bharat Mission at the time, suspended outbound traffic on these flights and advised passengers to get a specific approval from the UAE Embassy in New Delhi and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation if they wished to travel on outbound legs of the repatriation flights.

When the Flights from India to UAE will commence?  

According to the sources, the Indian government is in the process of communicating with several countries like USA, France, Germany including the UAE to set up travel corridors that would allow airlines from countries of both the origin and the destination countries to carry passengers both ways. 

The UAE ambassador said during a webinar, “We have been talking and consulting with the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Civil Aviation and hopefully very soon…there will be some operation dedicated to those Indians who are in India with valid residency and work permit, ICA approval and Covid19 PCR test to be able to travel from India into the UAE”.


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