COVID-19: Can I travel from India to Dubai if I have taken the Covishield vaccine? DHA clarifies

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Vials of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are seen in a general practice facility, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria May 18, 2021. Picture used for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: If you are planning to travel to Dubai from India, will you be eligible to travel if you have received the Covishield vaccine? On June 19, the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced new protocols for passengers travelling from India, South Africa and Nigeria.

As per the protocol, passengers from India can enter Dubai if they fulfill the following requirements:

• Only passengers with a valid residence visa, who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, are allowed to travel to Dubai.

• Passengers must have received a negative test certificate from a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test taken 48 hours before departure. UAE nationals are exempted from this requirement.

• Only QR-coded negative PCR test certificates are accepted.

• Passengers are also required to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours prior to departure to Dubai.

• They must also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

• Following their arrival, passengers from India need to undergo institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours. UAE citizens and diplomats are exempted.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) took to its social media channels to respond to queries from people on the details of vaccinations that are approved in the UAE.

A social media user asked DHA to clarify on the list of UAE-approved vaccine and whether any Indian administered vaccine was on the list.

In response, DHA tweeted on June 20 at 2.09pm that Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sputnik were approved in the UAE.

Another user asked: “Please clarify on the criteria for UAE-approved vaccines. As in India, we have the Covishield vaccine of Serum Institute in collaboration with AstraZeneca. Will this vaccine be considered as UAE-approved vaccine?”

In response, DHA responded, tweeting on June 20 at 2.37pm: “Thank you for contacting us. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and Covishield are the same vaccine.”