With vaccination programs well underway in many parts of the world as well as the UAE, several amendments have been made to Covid-19 safety protocols. The UK and Abu Dhabi have eased travel and quarantine requirements after months of strict precautionary measures.
UAE travelers to the UK who have received a full dose of any of the vaccines authorized by the government (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Janssen) are not required to complete a quarantine period from October 4. The UK has currently grouped countries into red, green or amber lists with different travel requirements for travelers coming from these nations. With the update, the UK has done away with the green and amber list and retains only the red list, with vaccination and quarantine rules set for each country. Several nations are also going to be removed from the list including Oman, Bangladesh, Kenya, Egypt, among others.
Delighted that international travel is opening up.
We are finalising arrangements with UAE to include their nationals and residents in our plans to open up to the fully vaccinated from other countries from 4 October https://t.co/XEQtNxsE6r
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As for Abu Dhabi, two amendments have been made to Covid-19 safety protocols, effective from September 19.
Individuals who have been in contact with confirmed cases of Covid-19 or those who have arrived from overseas completing home quarantine will not be required to wear tracking wristbands, according to the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee. However, they have to still comply with quarantine requirements and alternative measures to ensure the same will also be implemented. These individuals would still have to undergo PCR tests after the stipulated quarantine period.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases, effective Sunday, 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband. pic.twitter.com/8kxtQGJYS2
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Abu Dhabi has also updated entry rules within the UAE to the emirate. From September 19, a negative PCR test will not be required for entry into Abu Dhabi via the borders between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The decision was made “following a decreased Covid-19 infection rate of 0.2% cases and the activation of the Green Pass system,” The Abu Dhabi Media Office said in a statement.