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UAE’s New Travel Rules

Bangladeshis in trouble

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladeshi travelers are facing a severe problem to enter United Arab Emirates due to the new rules imposed by the government of the Gulf State.

From now on, the Abu Dhabi authorities have added the condition of taking the PCR negative certificate within three to four hours before the departure of the passengers as a precautionary measure to prevent coronavirus infection.

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) chairman Air-Vice Marshall Muhammad Mafidur Rahman confirmed the matter to media on Friday.

“The Abu Dhabi authorities have added the condition of taking a PCR negative certificate three to four hours before the departure of passengers to enter UAE,” said Air-Vice Marshall Muhammad Mafidur Rahman.

Recently, passengers in several countries, including India and Pakistan, are being allowed to enter the UAE with a PCR negative certificate four hours before boarding.

However, there is no rapid PCR test facility at any airport in Bangladesh.

According to the officials of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, there is lack of space in the airport to ensure this facility. As a result, Bangladeshis are being deprived of the opportunity of taking part in corona test a few hours before their departure.

Since August 5, the UAE has again allowed airlines to transit passengers.

Many Bangladeshi expatriates go to different destinations including Europe and America through Dubai.

“It is not clear that Bangladeshis will be able to transit directly to Abu Dhabi only if this condition is met,” the CAAB chairman said, adding that they have asked the airlines to provide specific information in this regard.