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UAE removes PCR test requirements for all travelers who are fully vaccinated

UAE removes PCR test requirements for all travelers who are fully vaccinated

From now on, it will be much easier for travellers who have been fully vaccinated to travel to the United Arab Emirates now that it is the latest country to remove PCR test requirements.

From February. 26th on, the UAE no longer requires testing for PCR for visitors. The country announced the new guidelines that are more relaxed to the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) website on Friday. The new guidelines state that those who have been vaccinated need only provide a certificate of vaccination that has a QR code approved by NCEMA.

Unvaccinated travellers are permitted to enter the UAE However, they “have to show an approved negative PCR test result within 48 hours of leaving or a QR code-enclosed certificate of recovery from COVID-19 that was obtained within a month of the date of departure.”

New guidelines for the UAE are believed to be part of the ongoing efforts “to attain an ongoing recovery that is sustainable while ensuring the health and safety of the population in the context of the continued activities of different kinds and the return to normalcy across the nation.”

In this regard, the authorities also allowed the return of the pre-pandemic intervals in between prayer times and the iqamah which is the request for people to pray. The most prestigious Qur’an books can be brought back to the mosques, but in only a small quantity, subject to the condition that they are sterilized following every prayer. The current distance requirement of one millimetre (three inches) between Muslims and other places of worship remains in effect.

All sports are allowed to be resumed, as well as physical distancing rules in restaurants and public areas are also being removed. Masks are required in indoor areas of public use however, they can be worn outdoor. The UAE has also gotten rid of quarantine requirements for those who have come into contact with anyone with COVID-19. The person who was exposed has to undergo daily PCR tests for five consecutive days.

Furthermore to this, Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital city of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, has removed its quarantine requirement for all travellers from abroad, regardless of their vaccination status. Visitors who have been fully vaccinated are now able to skip the self-isolation requirements since September. Since the city has removed this quarantine Abu Dhabi is also ending its green-list system that allowed individuals from certain nations to bypass quarantine upon their arrival.

The decision to relax its restrictions on pandemics is made in the midst of COVID incidences continuing to decrease and the rate of vaccination increasing. The most recent statistics found on the NCEMA website show that 95 percent of UAE citizens are completely vaccination-free.

Am I fully vaccinated without a booster?

Yes, if you have taken both of your vaccination you are considered fully vaccinated.

Kids under 5 years of age require covid PCR test?

No, as children below 12 years old are exempted from vaccination and PCR test.

Do children below 12 years old need vaccination?

Children below 12 years old are exempted from vaccination and PCR test.

What’s an approved vaccination certificate?

The list includes the following vaccines:

  • Sinopharm
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Hayatvax
  • Sputnik V
  • Oxford AstraZeneca
  • Moderna
  • Covishield
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Sinovac

COVID-19 PCR test and vaccination exemptions

  • Children below 12 years old.
  • Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities: Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example: Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures.
  • All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate as per the requirements.

Note: Please refer to the official government website for detailed information.

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