UAE authorities eases COVID-19 travel rules for citizens

The new regulations will become effective on 19 April.

Unvaccinated UAE citizens will be allowed to travel abroad it has been announced.

Starting 19 April, Emiratis who have not received three COVID-19 jabs will need to present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

They must also complete a travel application form on the Al Hosn app.



The news comes as daily COVID-19 cases continue to fall in the UAE.

Authorities also revealed that unvaccinated travellers under the age of 16 will not be required to show a negative PCR test result on arrival.

Speaking on the announcement, Dr. Taher Al Ameri, Official Spokesman of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), said the UAE tops a list of countries, in terms of rate of fully vaccinated individuals against COVID-19 in countries with a population of over 1 million, in an index issued by the Our World In Data website.

He said; “In the same index, the UAE ranked second globally in terms of number of tests per 1,000 people, and fourth in terms of the rate of vaccinated individuals per 100 people, as well as first in terms of rate of those who have received at least one vaccine dose.

“The UAE ranked tenth globally in terms of number of tests administered.”


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