There has been an increasing number of countries that have eased up on the restrictions of Indian nationals for non-essential travels.
As a result of a decline in the COVID-19 cases, there has been an increase in demand for travel services. Due to such demands, Dubai’s airport operators said that they will reopen Dubai airport terminal 1.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the terminal had been closed for 15 months. But now airlines have started operating Flights to Dubai from Mumbai and other places.
Altogether over 40 international airlines will shift their operations to terminal 1 from terminals 2 and 3, the airport’s main facility said. The terminal resumed operation on June 24 and had remained closed since March 25, 2020.
Due to the expanding vaccinations, the travellers have queries for travel to various international destinations including United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Russia, and the Maldives.
Several countries have welcomed back Indian travellers subject to other conditions and vaccination, the industry executives said.
Other destinations that have allowed non-essential travel provided the travellers are vaccinated include Iceland, Turkey, Ukraine, Germany, Lebanon, South Africa, and Croatia. The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NECMA) said that the UAE had banned transit passengers from other countries. These included Nigeria, Pakistan, India, and others.
However, now that the ban has been lifted most of the flights have started operating. But certain restrictions need to be followed by anyone who is travelling to Dubai.
The restrictions for travelling to Dubai
Although travel operations have begun, there are still relaxed restrictions that the Dubai government has laid out while travelling from South Africa, Nigeria, and India. When it comes to travellers from India, only passengers having a valid residence visa and having received both doses of UAE-approved vaccines are allowed to travel. The vaccines that are approved by the UAE government are Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Pfizer- BioNTech, and Sinopharm.
RT-PCR Requirements for travelling to Dubai
The passengers that are eligible for travel to Dubai need to furnish a negative test certificate of the RT-PCR test that is taken 48 hours before departure. However, UAE nationals are an exception to this requirement. Particularly, only QR- coded test certificates of PCR are accepted from passengers.
Is the requirement the same for South Africa and Nigeria?
The Dubai government has only allowed those travellers with valid residence visas from India in addition to their diplomats and nationals. In the case of South Africa and Nigeria non- residence passengers can also travel to Dubai subject to RT-PCR conditions and vaccination.
The transit ban was also imposed on countries like Uganda, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. However, the ban has been lifted for those who have been vaccinated and those passengers with valid residencies. But the travellers from these countries need to apply for an online permit before travelling. They also have to furnish a negative RT-PCR test certificate that has been taken 48 hours before departure.
The opening of Terminal 1 of Dubai airport has given people a sign that the travel and aviation sector is prepared to bounce back. The airport officials expect a large number of travellers to come to the city.
The airport also posted various tweets on Twitter like ‘Terminal 1 is back’ to let travellers know that Dubai is now ready for inbound tourists to head to UAE for holidays keeping in mind the safety and restrictions that come along with it.
Wakanow, ValueJet to Boost Local Flight Inventory
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A partnership aimed to boost local flight inventory has been entered into between Wakanow and ValueJet.
According to a statement from the foremost travel tech company, the deal allows Wakanow to host ValueJet’s inventory on its website and increase local flight inventory available to local travellers.
ValueJet is the latest airline to partner with Wakanow, joining its network and enabling Wakanow-connected customers to find and use bespoke solutions to support their specific travel needs and requirements.
The deal aligns with Wakanow’s aim of delivering access to all local flight inventory in real time and an all-year-round flight schedule. It also showcases its continuous commitment to the development of the domestic travel industry in Nigeria.
“As the foremost travel tech company in Nigeria and West Africa, this partnership for us is a reinforcement of our commitment to give our customers the best and to remain the number one distribution partner to our Nigerian Airlines.
“We are constantly innovating around our customers’ travel needs and partner with relevant stakeholders to ensure that our customers enjoy a robust and seamless service offering.
“Partnering with ValueJet, who share in our vision of delivering a unique travel experience at a great value to our joint customers, was certain,” the chief executive of Wakanow Nigeria, Mrs Adenike Macaulay, said.
While corroborating the CEO, the Group Chief Technology Officer of Wakanow Group, Mr Oyedeji Ojo, said, “Wakanow, as a leader in the Nigerian travel industry, has continued to bring value to air travellers through collaborations.
“We’re delighted to welcome ValueJet as a Partner, and together, we will serve our customers with great flight inventories and concentrate on creating enhanced traveller experiences across all customer touchpoints.”
On his part, the Chief Commercial Officer of Value Jet, Mr Trevor Henry, said, “We are happy to announce our strategic partnership with Wakanow, making history as the first travel company to provide ValueJet’s Live Inventory bookable in real-time, thus enabling the delivery of a seamless booking experience for Wakanow and ValueJet’s customers.”
Wakanow, Africa’s foremost travel tech agency, offers the best travel deals and experiences within the global travel industry to corporate and individual air travellers.
Normalcy Restored at Lagos Airport as Aviation Workers Suspend Strike
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Normalcy was restored at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos on Monday afternoon after workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc disrupted flight operations this morning.
The aviation workers had embarked on an indefinite strike action to ask for a better welfare package from the management of the company.
Their action left many air passengers stranded on Monday morning, with operators suspending their flights in the process.
But the industrial action was later called off by the leaders of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees, which promised to enter into talks with NAHCO, with a view to resolving the matter.
The aggrieved employees of NAHCO asked the management to increase their salaries after hike air fares by 100 per cent. They claimed that the company was being insensitive to their welfare.
NAHCO Workers’ Strike Paralyses Flight Operations At Lagos Airport
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Activities at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, were paralysed on Monday after some employees of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc embarked on an industrial action.
The NAHCO workers protested the failure of the management of the company to heed their demands, including an increase in salaries and better welfare packages.
Air passengers who were at the Lagos airport were left frustrated today due to the demonstration by the aviation workers, with a few international flights disrupted.
It was gathered that most airline operators were caught unawares as they did not have prior notice that the NAHCO staff members were planning to down tools on the first working day of the week.
This led to the abrupt suspension of flight operations by most operators this morning while efforts were being made to resolve this issue in order to reduce the losses that could arise from the action of the workers.
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