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Covid-19 in the UAE: Vaccine Certificates Issued Abroad for Incoming Travelers to Be Accepted

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Covid-19 vaccination certificates issued outside the UAE are set to be accepted August 15 onwards, allowing incoming passengers with approved vaccinations to complete their travel processes with ease. During the National Emergency, Crisis, and Disaster Management Authority’s weekly media briefing on August 10, Brigadier Khamis Al Kaabi, official spokesman for the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, revealed the policy on approving foreign vaccination certificates.

Only approved vaccines will be allowed in the UAE, according to protocol, and will appear on the Al Hosn App. The policy intends to secure the safe entry of visitors, who should register their information using the ICA UAE smart app or by going to Passengers who wish to benefit from being completely vaccinated by vaccines approved in the UAE can optionally register for vaccination certificates.

Dr Noura Al Ghaithi, acting CEO of external therapeutic services at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), explained the update of some features of the Al Hosn app. “The new update provides travel information, the status of arrivals or departures from red-flagged countries with an indication of the day of arrival, in addition to the vaccine information. A page of the official vaccination certificates and Covid-19 test certificates stamped by the Ministry of Health and Prevention has been added,” she said.

The QR code in the app may be read straight from the phone’s camera or through the app’s built-in scanner, according to Dr Al Ghaithi. Users will be transferred to the Al Hosn web page if the Al Hosn application is not accessible on the scanner phone, and the last four digits of the Emirates ID number, the unified number, or the passport number will be requested, she said.
The application is distinguished by three colors. If the app’s color for the user is green, the negative test is effective; if the app’s color for the user is grey, the test is ineffective. If the application is red, it signifies the user has tested positive for the virus.

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