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UAE flights from restricted countries: Which Covid vaccines are approved?


Under new categories announced on Tuesday, residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be granted entry.

Stranded UAE residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are among the new categories allowed to return from six countries from where passenger entry is suspended.

The exemptions are applicable to travellers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) announced earlier today that residents should have received the second dose of a UAE-approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.

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The authority did not specify which vaccines are UAE-approved.

However, five vaccines are approved for use in the UAE: Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sputnik V.

Covishield, which is the brand under which the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is administered in India, would also likely come under the purview of a UAE-approved vaccine.

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“Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and Covishield are the same vaccines,” the Dubai Health Authority had earlier said.

In addition to fully vaccinated residents, other categories of residents allowed to fly in from the six countries include health workers, teachers, humanitarian cases and those employed in federal and local government agencies.





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