Middle East

To enter UAE all travellers must now carry Covid-negative certificate

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The UAE has introduced mandatory testing for all airline passengers travelling to the country. Travellers must undergo tests in their country of origin and present a negative test report at check-in desks before flying to the Emirates. The new system will be in place from August 1, says a report by The National.

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”, according to state news agency Wam.

The rules also apply to all transit passengers passing through the UAE, including Dubai, which was previously exempt from some decisions.

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

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. The PCR nasal swab test can be taken in any recognised clinic in the country and costs about Dh370.

Travellers arriving in the UAE also have a 96-hour window of validity on their PCR test. As previously announced, travellers must self-isolate for two weeks after arriving in the UAE. Those who fail to adhere to quarantine guidelines will face legal action.