Indian citizens are not allowed to travel to the UAE on visit visas until there is clarification on the travel protocol, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor has said.
“At this point, it is not clear whether the UAE is allowing people to come on visit visas or not. We are awaiting clarity on that. Also, the government of India is yet to decide whether to allow people to travel on visit visas,” the ambassador said in an interview with Khaleej Times.
The envoy confirmed that airlines are not carrying passengers with visit visa as of now.
However, it was not clear how the visit visa holders would travel to the UAE as commercial flight operations are still suspended in India. UAE-bound Vande Bharat mission flights operated by Air India and Air India Express are only flying people with valid UAE residence visa.
As per the latest travel advisory by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, India, in-bound travellers should have a stamped residence visa on their passport and a valid ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) or GDRFA approval to travel to the UAE.