Covid-19: UAE announces new travel protocols for citizens

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Fully vaccinated citizens who have received two doses of approved Covid-19 vaccines are allowed to travel

The National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have updated the travel protocol for citizens of the United Arab Emirates visiting the countries listed on the list of travel restrictions, as of Wednesday, October 27.

The new update allows citizens – who have received full doses of approved Covid-19 vaccines – to travel.

Meanwhile, the protocol prohibits travel to citizens who have not received full doses of the vaccine, with the exception of UAE diplomatic missions, patients, as well as humanitarian cases and those studying at the ‘foreigner through scholarships, on condition of obtaining the prior approval of the official authorities.

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Citizens returning from these countries are required to present a valid negative Covid-19 PCR test result with a QR code for a test performed within 48 hours of the time of departure as well as to present the result of another PCR test. fast which was carried out no more than 6 hours before the departure time at the destination airport.

This decision aims to promote the country’s strategy in the recovery phase, to strengthen the gradual opening up in all vital sectors as well as to manage a gradual return to normalcy.

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The protocol stated that vaccinated travelers were to take a PCR test upon arrival and have two more PCR tests on days four and eight.

For unvaccinated travelers, they must take a PCR test upon arrival, quarantine themselves for 10 days, and take another test on the ninth day.

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The protocol also covered a number of departure requirements, including registering for the “Tawajudi” service and uploading a negative PCR test result valid for 48 hours and the route, as well as meeting the requirements and procedures. destination procedures.

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The two entities are also advising travelers to visit health centers in case of symptoms or infection with the virus and to notify the UAE embassy in that country. The protocol also advised people over 70 not to travel to maintain their health and safety.