Indian nationals with any type of valid UAE visa can now travel to the country, India's Ambassador to the UAE has said. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Ambassador Pavan Kapoor referred to an Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) notification, "as per which both Indian and UAE airlines" can carry Indian nationals holding any type of visa from India to the UAE.

Previously, only residency visa holders were allowed to travel to the country on flights being operated as part of India's repatriation mission called Vande Bharat.

Last week, the ambassador had said: "Since the UAE has recently started issuing new visas, we have recommended to authorities in India to consider allowing Indians with valid visas to travel to the UAE. We are hopeful for an early decision."

On August 7, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a memorandum that said: "In respect with countries with which a bilateral travel arrangement, or an air bubble scheme, has been formed, any Indian national holding any type of valid visas for such countries may be permitted to travel to the country concerned as long as there is no travel restrictions for entry of Indian nationals in that country." Khaleej Times has seen a copy of this memorandum.

In response to the memorandum, the Ambassador had on Saturday urged those wishing to travel to book their tickets only once a formal notification was received from the MoCA.
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