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UAE Covid-19 Update: Travel Rules Further Relaxed for Unvaccinated Citizens

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Starting April 19, 2022, the UAE will update the Covid-19 travel protocol for unvaccinated Emirati citizens, allowing them to once again travel. Although, one rules remains unchanged in that they must present a negative PCR test result as stated by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).


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“The new update stipulates that citizens who have not received regular or booster vaccine doses can travel, provided they present a PCR test result taken within 48 hours before their departure and complete the travel forms in the Al Hosn app to ensure their status turns green,” explained Dr Taher Al-Ameri, spokesperson for NCEMA. “We also announce an update to the travel protocol for passengers arriving in the UAE, making unvaccinated individuals aged under 16 exempt from presenting a negative PCR test result upon arrival, provided that they adhere to all relevant preventive measures.”

Al-Ameri also noted that the UAE has shown tremendous efforts in providing tests and vaccinations for people in the country and in addressing the pandemic successfully. “The UAE also ranked second globally in terms of the number of tests conducted per 1,000 people, fourth in terms of vaccinated individuals per 100 people, and first in recipients receiving at least one vaccine dose,” noted Al-Ameri.

Since March 8, 2022, the UAE has recorded zero deaths by Covid-19, marking the country as ninth globally in terms of the lowest death rates.

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