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Expo 2020 participants, exhibitors and staff sponsored by the event organizers are allowed to enter the UAE

A new category of travelers will be allowed to enter the UAE from 16 countries where passenger access is still suspended.

According to the latest safety circular issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE, the international participants, exhibitors and staff of Expo 2020 Dubai sponsored by the organizers of the event are allowed to enter the UAE from the respective countries.

The July 22 circular states categorically that flight and passenger restrictions from countries including India, Pakistan, South Africa and Indonesia remain in place.

Other countries on the list include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Tickets for the mega event are now available on the Expo website and from over 2,500 authorized resellers.

The exhibition, also known as the world’s largest show, starts on October 1, 2021 and ends on March 31, 2022.

According to the Expo 2020 website, pavilions from 191 countries will be set up on the site.

The Expo site will feature up to 60 live events per day — including movie nights, poetry readings, art activations, music concerts, cultural tours and parades — as well as more than 200 food and beverage outlets.

Who can enter the UAE from countries with restrictions?

According to the GCAA circular, the following categories of passengers can travel from restricted countries:

>> Citizens of the UAE and their first-degree relatives.

>> Diplomatic staff between the UAE and the countries concerned, including the administrative staff

>> Official delegations, subject to prior approval.

>> Residents of the UAE with a gold or silver residence permit.

>> Expo 2020 international participants, Expo 2020 exhibitors and staff sponsored by Expo 2020 organizer.

>> Crews of cargo flights and transit flights of foreign companies

>> Entrepreneurs and businesswomen, subject to approval from the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones; and heads of senior committees of the concerned emirate’s emergency, crisis and disaster management teams.

>> Employees belonging to vital functions according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Sahim Salem

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