Rules both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been relaxed which sees the end of the pre-arrival PCR test for fully vaccinated passengers.
Travelers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to take a PCR test before arriving in the UAE, meanwhile close contact isolation rules have been relaxed amid a series of relaxing of covid rules.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that from February 26 passengers who have the approved QR code proving their vaccination status will no longer have to have a PCR test prior to arrival. Unvaccinated passengers will still need to have a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival.
The nationwide regulations have been relaxed too for close contacts of those with covid, with quarantine now no longer necessary, however state employees who are close contact must take daily PCR tests for five days.
Those who test positive will still have to quarantine but measures such as the tracking wristband used in the capital Abu Dhabi will no longer be needed.
NCEMA also announced that while mask-wearing is mandatory in public indoor spaces it was now ‘optional outdoors’.
In Dubai, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management also announced that the wearing of masks continues to be mandatory in all public indoor venues in the emirate, while it is optional in outdoor areas.
And it also stated close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases who are not experiencing any symptoms are no longer required to quarantine.
“At the local level, each emirate has the flexibility to determine the duration of the quarantine period and PCR tests for Covid contacts in their respective sectors and professions, according to the vital sectors in the country, while necessarily maintaining the need to follow precautionary and preventive measures, which include adherence to physical distancing, and mask-wearing at all times,” said NCEMA in a statement.
NCEMA stressed the continuity of following the Green Pass requirement – used most commonly in Abu Dhabi- or presenting a negative PCR test result of no more than 96 hours to attend all local events, exhibitions, and cultural and social activities.
The authority said: “The announcement comes in support of the ongoing efforts at the country level to achieve sustainable recovery while maintaining public health and safety against the background of the continuation of various activities and return to normalcy nationwide.”
The Ministry of Health revealed on February 25 that it had conducted 430,359 tests as part of its plans to expand the scope of the tests, and revealed 696 new cases of covid, 1,916 recoveries and 1 death case due to complications.
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