The UAE has decided to make it mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers at the country’s airports, to undergo Covid-19 tests prior to boarding their flights.
This directive applies to Emiratis, residents, and tourists, arriving via the country’s airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from, reported official news agency WAM.
Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the mandatory test requirement, which have a 96 hours of validity from the date of testing.
The decision to apply prior testing on all those coming to the country will come into effect from August 1, without overwriting the mandatory testing measures that travellers have to follow upon arrival at the country’s airports.
All passengers travelling through the country’s airports to EU countries and the UK, as well as other countries that require a PCR test, have to get tested prior to boarding their respective planes, added a joint statement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).
The directive will apply to passengers arriving on all airlines.
Apart from this directive, the UAE government tweeted on Wednesday night that starting from July 24, UAE residents returning to the country will need to undergo mandatory Covid-19 prior to their departure.
Dr. Al Dhaheri: Certain compulsory measures should be followed by all #UAE residents returning to the country starting July 24th. A PCR test with a negative result performed 72 hours prior to traveling is required. More details are available at:https://t.co/DREjssjElh
— UAEGov (@uaegov) July 22, 2020
A PCR test with a negative result must be performed 72 hours prior to travelling.
A website screening.purehealth.ae allows incoming residents and visitors to locate a PCR testing centre in the country of their departure so that they can undergo these mandatory tests.
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