United Arab Emirates (UAE) withdrew its requirement demanding all Pakistani travellers to produce an attested Covid-19 vaccination certificate.
The UAE published new instructions for Pakistani travellers on Thursday, requiring them to carry a coronavirus vaccination certificate issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
The UAE had previously stated that Pakistani travellers would be needed to have their certificates duly validated by the UAE Embassy in Pakistan in Islamabad as well as the Foreign Office, but it later reversed that decision.
“The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Islamabad would like to highlight that the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is not currently regarded a necessity for travel to the UAE,” the Embassy said in a statement on Twitter.
According to the UAE embassy in Pakistan, the requirement to provide a NADRA immunisation certificate would take effect on August 1. The new regulation will not just affect ordinary residents, but diplomats and their families will also be subjected to it.
The UAE had already stated that flights from Pakistan and 13 other countries would be banned until July 21, 2021.
India, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are among the other countries.
The UAE’s federal aviation authority stated in the notification that cargo flights, as well as business and charter flights, would be exempt.
Previously, the United Arab Emirates has revised its travel conditions for visitors from Pakistan as it has declared attestation of Covid-19 vaccine certificates mandatory for Pakistani visitors. In a letter dated 14th July, the Embassy of the UAE in Islamabad wrote to the Pakistan government: “… as per the recent instructions issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi, Government of United Arab Emirates that from 1st August 2021, it is mandatory to carry UAE Embassy attested vaccine certificates for Covid-19 issued by the National Database & Registration Authority (Nadra) along with Counselor Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad attestation before traveling to UAE.”