WHO calls Bans on travel is ineffective recommends countries to lift COVID19 or ease restrictions

WHO calls Bans on travel is ineffective recommends countries to lift COVID19 ease restrictions.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in a latest COVID19 recommendation, has called Banning travel is ineffective and has suggested nations to either lift or ease present COVID-19 travel restrictions. The World Health Organization said that all these travel bans can worsen the each country economy and increase a lots of social stress.

The World Health Organization  recommended the same on Wednesday at the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on COVID-19. As per report, the nations should remove the travel bans and restrictions as the committee found “they do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced” by citizens.

Reports further stated that these travel restrictions have been incompetent in capping international spread of the Cases of Omicron variant COVID19. These shows that such travel restrictions are ineffective.

Further, the WHO report suggested to update safety measures like RT PCR testing, masking, isolation, quarantine, and vaccination should be based on risk assessments to avoid unnecessary financial burden on international travellers.

In November 2021 last year, myriad nations suspended flights to and from southern African countries, owing to rise in Omicron cases. But now, the travel ban has been lifted by most of the government Countries. WHO has also urged nations not to ask for COVID-19 vaccination proof as the only way for travellers’ entry.

Countries must consider adjusting or easing such measures, including testing and quarantine requirements, said WHO.

 

Travelling to Middle East Gets Convenient As Airlines Allow Covid Positive Passengers to Reschedule flights

Flying to Middle East gets convenient as carriers allow COVID positive patients to reschedule flights

Travelling to Middle East Countries during the current times of COVID new Variant Omicron Virus, has just being turned easier, As Airline Offering passengers will now be permitted a one-time free date-change option. This applied to those Guests who tested positive in an RT-PCR test before flying. Until now, passengers who would test positive for COVID-19 before flying would have to bear huge loss of a wasted air ticket, but the with the new rule, same is about to change.

This new rule for Middle East carriers is now released, however, applicable only for rescheduling and not cancellations. According to the reports, the offer also applies to those who test positive for the virus at the airport. So, they too can change their date of Travelling.

Earlier there were not many cases A source said that, but with the rise in Omicron variant that has changed and help all the Travelers, To buy there ticket Hassle Free. Hence, Guests who are testing positive in the 48 hour window after getting a negative RT-PCR report. Guests Must be noted that passengers going to the Middle East countries are required to get two tests done. One should be Prior 48 hours before the flight, and the other must be 6 hours before departure at the airport.

So, This new changes in rule will allow passengers to purchase flight ticket for this year 2022 and for the upcoming Flight Booking 2023 schedule Hassle free, As at least after Purchase they have an option to reschedule their flights even just hours before departure. A convenient concept and passenger-friendly rule by carriers Travelling to the middle east Starting from January 2022..

This positive point about this new rule is that passengers rescheduling their flights will not need to worry to pay any extra charges for the same booking class that is available in future date. This will be truly Best flight booking option for Passengers, even if the fare is higher at the time of booking. Refunds, on the other hand, will result in a cancellation fee.

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India International Travel Update DGCA bans international schedule flights suspension extends till 28 Feb 2022

India International Travel Update DGCA bans international schedule flights suspension extends till 28 Feb 2022

The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country has been extended till February 28, aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday.

Director General of Civil Aviation India(DGCA) Announced that the present ban on international scheduled flights will extend till 23:59 hrs IST, February 28, 2022. civil aviation body has even clarified that current operating flights under travel air bubble agreements and Vande Bharat flights would remain unaffected from the ban. All flights would continue to operate as per the ongoing arrangements. Air Cargo flights also exempt from the ban.

Official statement release by DGCA states that, “The authority has decided to extend the suspension of Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 28th February 2022.”

In continuation to DGCA Circular it is clarified to all concerned that all international flights under existing Air Bubble Agreements shall continue to operate till 28th of February 2022.
https://twitter.com/DGCAIndia/status/1483695808512159744

 

US Travel Plans Stuck For Thousands of Guests Amid 5G Scare,

United States of America, USA Travel Plans Stuck For Thousands of Guests- Amid 5G Scare,

Several international airlines, including Emirates Airways & Air India, have announced that they will cancel flights to the Several USA Airports..

Travel plans for thousands of Guest, including those travelling to India, were disrupted after airlines cancelled or cut short the duration of many flights to and from the United States over, As aviation industry fears that the 5G technology could interfere with crucial navigation instruments.

Several international airlines, including Emirates, Air India and others, have announced that they will cancel flights to the USA Starting from Wednesday.

USA aviation regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on January 14 said that “5G interference with the aircraft’s radio altimeter could prevent engine and braking systems from transitioning to landing mode, which could prevent an aircraft from stopping on the runway”.

Altimeter measures the height of an aircraft above the ground. The band on which altimeter works is close to that on which the 5G Network system works. American telecom companies paid the US government USD 81 billion in 2021 for the right to use those frequencies, known as the C-Band.

The C-band service, which offers faster speeds and broader coverage, was due to be turned on from Wednesday. The frequency issue appeared to impact the popular Boeing 777, a long-range and wide-body aircraft.

Air India Airlines tweeted on Tuesday that due to deployment of 5G Network communications in the US, “our operations to the USA from India stand curtailed/revised with change in aircraft type from January 19, 2022.” Air India stated on Twitter that it won’t be operate eight India-US flights on Wednesday “due to deployment of the 5G communications in the US”.

Departure & Arrival  cities of These eight Air India flights were: Delhi-New York, New York-Delhi, Delhi-Chicago, Chicago-Delhi, Delhi- San Francisco, San Francisco-Delhi, Delhi-Newark and Newark-Delhi.

Three carriers — American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Air India — currently operate direct flights between India and the US.

Apart from Air India, several other airlines announced they were cancelling flights into the US over the issue of deployment of the 5G service.

Emirates said that due to “operational concerns” associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US at certain airports, it will be suspending flights from January 19 until further notice to Boston, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Seattle.

Delta said that telecom companies agreed Tuesday to limit the scope of Wednesday’s planned 5G deployment and will delay implementation around certain U.S. airports. “While this is a positive development toward preventing widespread disruptions to flight operations, some flight restrictions may remain,” Delta said it has joined other airlines in seeking a delay by the US government of the deployment of the new 5G coverage into the C-band spectrum until more protections and assurances against potential interference with aircraft radio altimeters exist.

The airline said the impact on air travel could be immediate and significant, directly impacting passenger travel and cargo shipping.

“The nation’s commerce will grind to a halt,” the CEOs of major carriers, including Delta CEO Ed Bastian, wrote in a letter coordinated by Airlines for America to government officials, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the chair of the Federal Communications Commission.

The sudden flight cancellations disrupted travel plans for thousands of passengers who were left in the lurch with little information forthcoming on when the flights will resume.

Jayant Raj had his suitcases packed and was ready to board the Air India flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to New Delhi on Wednesday which now stands cancelled. He said he first got to know about the flight cancellation Tuesday afternoon through a tweet by Air India

“I was travelling to India after four years and was counting days to meet my parents and family. First, the COVID pandemic curtailed travel for almost two years and now there is this new issue,” he said. “Travelling has now become very nerve-racking and taxing.” With uncertainty over when the flight from JFK to Delhi will resume, Raj decided to take the Air India flight from Washington, which is still operational and departs Wednesday morning.

“I will travel to Washington from New York by train and try and see if I can get a ticket on the flight. This last-minute cancellation and disruption is stressful but I have to take a chance. If I am able to get a seat on the flight, this hassle of additional 5-hour overnight travel to Washington will be worth it,” he said.

Priyanka Seth, another passenger whose flight got cancelled due to the 5G issue, said she was travelling to Mumbai and was eager to meet her parents after nearly five years.

“The pandemic as it is has made travel very stressful. Additional problems caused by such last-minute cancellations are leaving so many people in the lurch,” Seth said.

Seth, who has two young children, was travelling alone and said she can only imagine the difficulty it must be for parents travelling with young kids or for the elderly travelling alone amid such travel disruptions and uncertainty.

New York-based social activist Prem Bhandari said while the local staff of Air India at JFK and Newark airports have been very helpful and have done a “commendable job during this pandemic”, but the airline management could have managed the current situation caused by the 5G issue in a more effective way.

“Those travelling on the 19th of January 2022  are now stranded. Others travelling in the coming days and weeks are worried by the uncertainty caused by the suspension of the flights to USA,”

US mobile networks AT&T and Verizon have agreed to postpone the rollout of their new 5G service at some airports, according to US media reports.

Emirates Suspension of Flights to Several United States of America USA Destinations

Emirates Suspension of several flights to US destination

Last updated: Travel news for Emirates Airlines 19 January 2022, 12:23 Dubai (GMT+4)

Due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US at certain airports, Emirates will be suspending flights to the following USA destinations Starting from 20 January 2022:
Chicago (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), and Seattle (SEA).
Customers whose bookings have been cancelled may be able to connect to their final destination from one of Emirates’ other US gateways with our codeshare partners Airline Jetblue or Alaskan and are advised to contact their travel agent or Emirates call centre for information on options.

Emirates flights to New York JFK, Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington DC (IAD)  continue to operate as scheduled.
Emirates will operate the following flights to Boston (BOS), Houston (IAH), and San Francisco (SFO):

20 January 2022:
‑ EK237 from Dubai to Boston
‑ EK 225 from Dubai to San Francisco
‑ EK 211 from Dubai to Houston

21 January 2022:
‑  EK 238 from Boston to Dubai
‑  EK 226 from San Francisco to Dubai
‑  EK 212 from Houston to Dubai

Other flights to these destinations remain suspended.

Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans.
Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.
We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers and the relevant authorities to alleviate operational concerns, and we hope to resume our US services as soon as possible.
In order to receive the latest updates on their flights, customers are also advised to ensure that their contact details are updated by visiting Manage Your Booking

Book Indigo Airline Saudi Institutional Quarantine Packages

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Flying India to Saudi Arabia Through Indigo Airlines.

For customers from India to Jeddah, Riyadh & Damam Travelling with Indigo Airlines Quarantine Packages.

UAE Dubai Major collision between two India Bound Airlines Flights Averted Saved Hundres of Lives

Dubai :India-bound flights averted Saved Hundreds of lives after collision between them .

Dubai, probe ordered: Reports

Major collision between two India-bound flights averted.

Both the Airlines are Emirates flights, one Stars for Bengaluru and the other starts for Hyderabad, were scheduled to take off from the same runway just in a gap of 05 minutes, report said.

UAE’s aviation investigations body The Air Accident Investigation Sector has started a probe into the near-collision situation that was occur at Dubai International Airport on 09 January 2022, As two India-bound flights were scheduled for take-off on one same runway, in a gap just for five minutes. Hundreds of lives are saved after the take-off was immediately rejected, news agency ANI reported.

Flight Number “EK-524 Departure from Dubai-Hyderabad was accelerating for take-off from runway 30R, when the crew saw an aircraft coming in the same direction at high speed. Take-off was immediately instructed by ATC to be rejected. The aircraft slowed down safely and cleared the runway via taxiway N4, which crossed the runway. Another one emirates flight EK-568, from Dubai to Bangalore, was rolling for departure was to take-off from same runway 30R,” a person aware of the incident told ANI.

The Bengaluru-bound flight took off and the Hyderabad-bound flight went back to the taxi bay to wait. Confirming that such a safety breach took place on January 9 2022, Emirates AIR said as there was no aircraft damage. “On 9 January, flight EK524 was instructed by air traffic control to reject take-off on departure from Dubai and this was completed successfully,” the airline said. An internal probe has also been initiated for investigation.

United Arab Emirates Latest Travel Guidelines and Requirements Including Dubai and Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates Latest Travel Guidelines and Requirements Including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Latest Travel updates 12.01.2022 as per IATA Travel Centre.

1. Guests are not allowed to enter.- Does not apply to residents and nationals of United Arab Emirates
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers with an entry permit issued by United Arab Emirates;
– passengers traveling as tourists to Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Ras-al-Khaima (RKT) or Sharjah (SHJ) with a return/onward ticket;
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a pre-arranged visa issued by Abu Dhabi;
– nationals and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
– nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program and traveling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a pre-arranged visa or a pre-approval to enter;
– nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (Peoples Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See), passengers with a British passport with nationality “British Citizen” and passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);
– nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa;
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate;
– nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.

2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a golden visa issued by United Arab Emirates.
3. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB):
– are subject to medical screening, and
– must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App before departure or upon arrival.
4. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.
5. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residence visa returning to Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) and arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa or Sri Lanka must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx .
6. Passengers entering United Arab Emirates arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have:
– a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; and
– a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test (rapid RT-PCR is required for passengers arriving from Bangladesh) taken at most 6 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The rapid PCR test must be taken at the first departure airport.
The test result must be in Arabic or English and be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This whole item does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
– passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
– The rapid PCR test requirement does not apply to nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first degree family members.
7. Passengers entering United Arab Emirates who are arriving from or have transited through Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda must have:
– a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; and
– a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken at most 6 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.
The test result must be in Arabic or English and be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
8. Passengers transiting through United Arab Emirates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB), Al Maktoum (DWC) or Abu Dhabi (AUH).
9. Passengers entering or transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia must have:
– a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; and
– a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken at most 6 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.
The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
10. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan or Zimbabwe must have:
– a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; and
– a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken at most 6 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The rapid PCR test must be taken at the first departure airport.
The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
11. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan or Zimbabwe must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
12. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must have a QR code for passengers arriving from Egypt or Viet Nam.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan or Zimbabwe;
– passengers arriving from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia;
– passengers arriving from Lebanon, Turkey or United Kingdom;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
13. Passengers entering Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
14. Passengers entering Sharjah (SHJ) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
15. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. A negative test result issued by an approved laboratory in United Arab Emirates presented upon departure from Abu Dhabi (AUH) is also accepted if the test was taken at most 48 hours before departure to Abu Dhabi (AUH). Passengers arriving from Egypt, Lebanon or Sudan must have a QR code in the test result.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
16. Passengers transiting Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory accredited by the departure country. Passengers arriving from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan must have a QR code in the test result.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
17. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote dIvoire, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival.
18. Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
19. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) or Sharjah (SHJ) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
20. Passengers could be subject to quarantine.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V.
21. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.
22. Expired residence permits issued by the United Arab Emirates that have been extended until December 2020 are accepted for entry. Passengers must present proof of the extended validity.
23. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an Isolation Exemption Certificate.
24. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for more than 24 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12 hours.
25. Nationals of Nigeria must have a return ticket, and a hotel booking or proof of accommodation address for the period of intended stay.
– This does not apply to passengers with a resident visa.
26. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.
27. Airline crew without a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to quarantine until their next flight.
28. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) must register before departure on https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals . This will generate a QR code which must be presented before departure and upon arrival.
– This does not apply to nationals of United Arab Emirates.
29. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Ghana are not allowed to enter and transit Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a golden visa issued by United Arab Emirates.
30. Passengers entering or transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Lebanon, Turkey or United Kingdom must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.

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Flying to India New Travel Guidelines for International arrivals Effects Immediately from Today

India Travel News and Guidelines for International arrivals.

India Latest new travel Requirements & guidelines for All International arrivals, will come effective Immediately starting from today and will remain till government further update.

All the travellers arriving from Foreign Countries to India will Mandatory undergo isolation in home for a week ’07 Days’ Starts from today 12 January 2022, Updated by Indian Union Health Ministry . Seven-day home quarantine will be followed by an RT-PCR test on Day Eight.

The guidelines & Requirements will come into force from today, January 11 2022 and will remain effective till further government Travel Updates.

As per the previous Travel news , which have been retained in revised guidelines, Guests coming from countries specified as “at-risk” Must have to submit samples for Covid testing on arrival and are required to wait for the results at the airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight further.

Those Guests who test positive will be sent to an isolation facility in India.

If the Guests test negative, they need to undergo Mandatory home quarantine for seven days and then get RT-PCR test done on Day 8th . If result is negative, they have to further self-monitor their health for the next seven days.

They are also required to upload the results of the RT-PCR test conducted on the 8th day on the Air Suvidha portal (to be monitored by the respective states/UTs).

Children are exempted under age 5 from both pre-and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and be treated according to the protocol.

All travellers must have to upload a negative RT-PCR report of the test conducted within 72 hours of the beginning of the journey. Prior to undertaking  journey,

Guidelines for international flyers coming to India from not-at-risk countries :

  • Mandatory seven-day home quarantine & follow all  protocols followed by Guests from at-risk countries.
  • However, All airlines coming from not-at-risk list countries will randomly have to select 2 per cent of Guests who will have to undergo RT-PCR tests at airports on arrival.
  • Those Guests who found positive will be depart to an isolation facility and those who found negative will follow the seven-day quarantine procedure.
  • For not-at-risk countries, the 2 per cent passengers to be tested at the airports will preferably be those coming from a third country who would have taken a connecting flight in the not-at-risk country, as per the revised guidelines.

List of Countries at-risk

All countries in Europe including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Israel, Congo, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia and Zambia.

Saudi Arabia Travel Guidelines and Requirements 2022

Updated Last : 07 January 2022

Saudi Arabia Travel Guidelines and Requirements 2022

Known Latest’s Guidelines For Guests Travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Please go through and check Saudi Arabia Travel Guidelines & requirements before you start your Journey. There are restrictions on the categories of passengers who can enter Saudi Arabia at this time. If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia, you must take a COVID‑19 PCR test before departure. Travelling to Saudi Arabia 2022

Who can Travel to Saudi Arabia and how , As Country Ksa reopens to All Saudi Valid Visa Holders.

Saudi Arabia Travel eligibility :

Suspended Temporarily entry into the Kingdom for Guests coming from (Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Turkey, Union of Comoros Zimbabwe and Zambia, ). This includes passengers coming from other countries if they have passed through any of the aforementioned countries in the past 14 days before arriving to Saudi Arabia. This refer is not applicable for passengers who have spent 14 days or more in another country.

Planning to Visit The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Here’s your Travel guide. Saudi Revises International Travel Guidelines for International Passengers.

The exempted categories Travelling to Saudi Arabia are mentioned below:

Category 01 (India, Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, Vietnam, ):

Ministry of Saudi Arabia Allowing direct entry to KSA, without spending 14 days outside of these countries. All Travelling Guests who have fully Vaccinated & completed all doses inside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia are exempted from the Mandatory 05 Days Institutional quarantine.

Mandatory Ksa Institutional Quarantine Packages for Guests Travelling to Saudi Arabia are mentioned below:

  1. Guests who have been fully vaccinated outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must undergo a period of 5 days Mandatory institutional quarantine.
  2. Guests who have taken one dose of the vaccine Partially inside the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia must undergo institutional quarantine for a period of 3 days Mandatory.

Category 02 (Lebanon and Turkey):

Institutional / home quarantine Packages for exempted for specific traveller categories coming from restricted countries

Nationals of Saudi Arabia, Saudi family members and their accompanying workers, health practitioners, diplomats and their families who have been in suspended countries, and also all vaccinated residents of KSA who have received two doses of COVID‑19 inside the Kingdom, non‑diplomatic workers in embassies, consulates and international organisations accredited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their families and accompanying workers.

Saudi citizens Non‑vaccinated : Mandatory

  • COVID‑19 PCR is not required before travelling
  • Must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and COVID‑19 PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine

Vaccinated Saudi citizens:

  • No procedures required

Saudi Residents Fully vaccinated in KSA 02 Doses:

  • Mandatory Carry COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before Departure.
  • Institutional quarantine Packages Exempted or COVID‑19 PCR testing is required on arrival.

Non‑vaccinated diplomats and their families:

  • Mandatory Carry COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.
  • Mandatory comply quarantine in home for 05 days and COVID‑19 PCR testing on day 5 of quarantine.

Non‑vaccinated health practitioners and their families:

  • Must provide COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Those working in government sectors must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours and another on day 5 of quarantine
  • Those working in private sectors must comply with institutional quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours and another on day 5 of quarantine

Non‑diplomatic workers in embassies, consulates and international organisations accredited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their families and accompanying workers:

  • Must provide a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Must comply with home quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine

All Categories working in public and private sectors (Staff members in universities, colleges and educational institutes, teachers in public education), those who are working as general training authority in a general institution for technical and occupational training and training institutes, scholarship students and their companions or families:

  • Must carry a negative COVID 19 pcr test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding
  • Must comply with institutional quarantine for 5 days and take a COVID 19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine. Those who have received one dose or have completed vaccine doses inside the Kingdom are exempted from institutional quarantine.

Category 03 (Afghanistan and Ethiopia ):

Institutional quarantine Packages Mandatory for 5 days will be applied for all passengers (including Saudi citizens)

The following below categories of Saudi Guests are exempted from institutional quarantine:

  • Citizens of Saudi Arabia only transiting through these countries on their way back to the
  • Diplomats and their families.
  • Cabin crew
  • Health practitioners and their families.
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to MOH.

Category 04 (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Mauritius, Union of Comoros and Federal Republic of Nigeria):

The following categories of passengers are exempted from institutional quarantine:

  • Citizens of KSA, with a home quarantine to be applied to them for 5 days
  • Guests who have spent at least 14 days in one of the permitted countries

The following categories or passengers are exempted from the entry ban:

  • Citizens of Saudi Arabia
  • Passengers involved in supply chains

Ministry List of health government entities that have quarantine facilities in their headquarters and institutional quarantine Packages is not required for their employees

  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs
  • Ministry of Education
  • Armed Forces Medical Services
  • MOI Medical Services
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre
  • General Intelligence Presidency
  • Presidency of State Security
  • Royal Clinic
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu
  • General Sport Authority
  • Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development

COVID‑19 testing requirements

All non‑Saudi nationals Guests, except children below 8 years old, must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result issued by an accredited laboratory. The test must be done not later than 72 hours before the scheduled departure for KSA.

Saudi Arabian Citizens’ and their Non‑Saudi spouses, their non‑Saudi children, parents and accompanying domestic workers travelling to the Kingdom from other countries are exempted from the COVID‑19 testing requirement.

Fully Vaccination status requirements

Saudi Citizens:

  • All Those who are vaccinated against COVID‑19 and show Immune in the Tawakkalna app.

Residents:

  • Guests who have received 02 doses of a vaccine authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Guests who have received 02 doses of a vaccine approved by WHO but not authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and received a booster dose from one of the approved vaccines in KSA (provided that the dose received outside the Kingdom has been registered on MOH platform

Recovery from COVID‑19 infection will not cause for exemption from institutional quarantine.

first‑time visitors and Non‑residents :

  • Guests who are above 12 years old and have completed the required doses of a vaccine approved in KSA.
  • Guests who have received all doses of a vaccine approved by WHO but not authorised by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and received a booster dose from one of the approved vaccines in KSA.
    • Both categories of passengers must provide proof vaccination in accordance with MHO requirements, and must register on the Quddum platform.

Recovery from COVID‑19 infection will not cause for exemption from institutional quarantine.

General provisions

Saudi 03 Days Institutional quarantine Packages applies to the following Guests / travellers:

  • All Guests coming from non‑restricted countries who have received a single dose of vaccine inside the KSA.
  • Residents and Non‑citizens who are travelling to Saudi Arabia for a short visit, including for Hajj 2022 and Umrah 2022, who have completed one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization and not approved in the Kingdom (Sinopharm vaccine, Sinovac vaccine, Kovaxin vaccine, and Sputnik‑V vaccine).
  • The duration period of the Saudi institutional quarantine shall be 3 days for all travellers coming from non‑restricted countries, who have received a single dose of vaccine inside the kingdom and for those who have completed one of the vaccines approved in the World Health Organization and not approved in the kingdom (Sinopharm vaccine, Sinovac vaccine, Kovaxin vaccine, and Sputnik‑V vaccine) for non‑citizens or residents and who are coming for a short visit, including Hajj and Umrah 2022.

 

Saudi 05 Days Institutional quarantine Packages applies to the following Guests / travellers.

  • Residents who have received any of the vaccines approved by WHO but not approved in the Kingdom must undergo a 5‑day institutional quarantine, and should receive a booster dose of one of the vaccines available in the Kingdom after arrival in Saudia.
  • Guests under this category must submit a negative COVID 19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure and undergo a Mandatory 5 day institutional quarantine. They must take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival at the quarantine facility and another one at the end of day 5 of quarantine.
  • Quarantine will be lifted if the result of the day 5 test is negative. Residents of Saudia must complete the doses of the vaccines available in the kingdom after the end of the institutional quarantine period.
  • Accompanied travellers are allowed to enter with the vaccinated parents under the following rules: Unvaccinated accompanying passenger below 18 years old must home quarantine for a period of 5 days & take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 5. Child below the age of 8 years are exempted from PCR testing on day 5.
  • Institutional quarantine for a period of 5 days for Unvaccinated accompanying passenger 18 years old and above undergo and take a COVID 19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival and other one at the end of day 5.
  • Guests who have recovered from COVID‑19 are not exempted from the quarantine requirement.
  • Guests must Confirm Institutional Quarantine shall be in First port of Arrival Entry.
  • All Guests must carry a valid passport (including GCC citizens).
  • Vaccinated non Saudis must present proof that they have received the required doses and register their vaccination data online.

Guests travelling from non‑restricted countries under the following categories are exempted from institutional quarantine:

  • Citizens of Saudi Arabia, spouses of citizens and their mothers, children of citizens and domestic workers accompanying any of individuals mentioned in these categories. Non‑vaccinated travellers – category must quarantine at home for 5 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine.
  • Home Quarantine for Non‑vaccinated domestic workers accompanying a vaccinated resident. Non‑vaccinated travellers in this category must quarantine for 5 days and carry a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine.
  • KSA Vaccinated citizens and residents (including their companions under the age of 18), the residents’ wives children under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by their families. Non‑vaccinated travellers in this category must undergo a 5‑day home quarantine take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 5 of the quarantine period.
  • Those holding a diplomatic visa, diplomats and their residing families and their domestic workers, provided they comply with quarantine procedures by staying in their homes in accordance to the MOH approved regulations.
  • Official delegations: Passengers who are receiving an exemption from the institutional quarantine.
  • Cabin crew
  • Those involved in health supply chains, according to Ministry of Health
  • Health practitioners working in government sectors, their families and companions who are under the age of 18. Travel companions below 18 years old must comply with home quarantine for 3 days and take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival.

Note: Non‑immune travellers from the above category must comply with 5‑day home quarantine requirement and take a COVID‑19 PCR test on day 5 of quarantine.

Fully Vaccinated travellers:

Passengers who have been vaccinated are exempted from quarantine (home or institutional), provided they present proof that they have received the required doses of the following vaccines authorised by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health:

  • Two doses of Pfizer
  • Two doses of Oxford AstraZeneca (Covishield)
  • Two doses of Moderna
  • One dose of Johnson & Johnson
In addition, travellers who have completed two doses of the following vaccines.
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

On condition of that they have received an additional dose of the approved vaccines in the kingdom mentioned above.

An individual who has received both doses of a vaccine approved in the kingdom is not required to wait 14 days after receiving the second dose in order to travel to Saudi Arabia.

This is not applicable for an individual who has received a single dose of “Johnsons Vaccine”, as they would have to complete 14 days after receiving the vaccine to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Required forms

All passengers must complete the health disclaimer form provided on board and present it on arrival to the Airport Health Control Centre.

All non Saudi citizens must register their vaccination data online before travelling to Saudi Arabia. Passengers must present confirmation of registration either as a printed certificate or on their mobile device at check in.

Booking institutional quarantine

Booking your Saudi Institutional quarantine Packages ; Available for All Airlines. 

Institutional quarantine packages must be booked with Kuwait Holidays. Your package includes your accommodation, transport to the hotel, three meals a day and two PCR tests. Prices are available upon request and hotels range from three to five stars.

Step 1

  • Packages must be booked and paid for a minimum of 72 hours before arrival into Saudi Arabia.

Step 2:

  • Please share Passport & Ticket Copy  to musafirservices@gmail.com using the subject line ‘Saudi Arabia Quarantine Package Request’

Step 3

  • A representative from our team will contact you via phone or email within 12 hours.

Other information

Effective 20 May 2021, passengers who are planning to travel to Saudi Arabia must have medical insurance that covers COVID‑19 treatment. This excludes citizens, residents, and GCC citizens. The insurance should cover the costs of treatment in outpatient clinics, emergencies, and hospitals, including institutional quarantine for a period of up to 14 days.

Passengers travelling to Saudi Arabia must download and register on the TAWAKKALNA app on arrival.

Other information

Please refer to the Ministry of Health website for the list of authorised COVID‑19 PCR testing centres in Saudi Arabia.