Coronavirus: All travellers must now be tested before their flight to UAE

Coronavirus: All travellers must now be tested before their flight to UAE
Coronavirus: All travellers must now be tested before their flight to UAE

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The UAE has brought in mandatory testing for all airline passengers travelling to the country.

Travellers must be screened in their country of origin and present their negative test at check-in desks before flying to the Emirates.

The new system will be in place from August 1.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (Ncema) said the rules applied to "all Emiratis, residents, and tourists, arriving via the country's airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from", in a statement on state news agency Wam.

The rules also apply for all transit passengers passing through the UAE.

There is a list of clinics in more than 100 cities that are recognised by the UAE authorities. If you cannot find one, you can contact your airline for advice.

Flyers should still expect to be tested a second time when they arrive at any UAE airport.

Tests for UAE residents heading to UK and European Union

In addition, Ncema and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said all UAE residents flying to the UK and European Union nations must be tested for Covid-19 before they leave the Emirates. PCR nasal swab tests can be taken in any recognised clinic in the country and cost about Dh370.

Coronavirus outbreak

Children under the age of 12 and those with significant disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement, which is valid for 96 hours from the date the test is taken.

Ncema said that previously announced rules relating to testing and may quarantine still apply. As previously announced, travellers must isolate themselves for two weeks after they land in the UAE.

Those who fail to adhere to quarantine guidelines will face legal action.

Previously, , which has its own crisis authority and immigration service, has had exceptions for travel, testing and quarantine.

Earlier this month, the UAE relaxed its restrictions for people leaving the country.

Citizens and residents were allowed to travel abroad as long as they adhere to various Covid-19 measures, including being tested on their return and applying for permission to reenter from the country's ICA or GDRFA immigration services.

Updated: July 23, 2020 11:50 AM

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