Update: UAE government announce guidelines for overseas travel

Update: UAE government announce guidelines for overseas travel

Your summer holiday could be back on the cards…

Earlier this week, the government announced that UAE residents will be allowed to travel abroad from June 23. Clarifying this, last night Dr Saif Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said that countries have been classified as high, medium or low-risk, reported news agency WAM.

While all citizens and residents will be able to visit low-risk nations, only a “limited category” of Emiratis will be able to travel to medium-risk nations for emergency reasons, “namely for necessary medical reasons, visiting first-degree family members, or for military, diplomatic and official missions.” Travel to nations deemed “high-risk” is “categorically banned.”

Update: On June 21st, Dubai Media Office put out a statement to say residents and citizens can travel to any country welcoming tourists - providing the guidelines are followed. "There will be no restrictions on the overseas destinations that citizens and residents can travel to."

Both residents and Emiratis must follow the following measures:

Before travelling abroad:
- Complete the Health Declaration Form before departing.to ensure no Covid-19 symptoms. The airline has the right to decline your entry on to the flight if you are displaying any symptoms. 

- People aged over 70 years old will not be allowed to travel. Those with chronic diseases are advised not to travel for their own safety.

- You must have international medical insurance which covers the destination you are visiting.

- At the airport, you must wear a mask and gloves while maintaining a social distance and “constant sanitization” of your hands.

- If you arrive at the airport with a temperature of more than 37.8 C or are displaying respiratory disease symptoms you will not be able to travel and will be isolated.

- All travellers must fill out an individual health accountability form, which includes an agreement to undergo quarantine upon return and not to go to destinations other than the ones applied to.

Whilst in abroad and before returning to the UAE:

- Comply with the official procedures regarding testing and quarantine in the country you visit. 

- If you feel unwell whilst overseas, you should go to the nearest health center and use your health insurance to seek treatment.

- If you contract Covid-19 while in another country, you must notify the UAE embassy at that destination, either through Tawajudi Service or by contacting them directly. The UAE mission will ensure that Covid-19 patients are taken care of and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention is notified.

Upon arrival into the UAE:

- You will recieve a PCR test upon arrival and must isolate at home until the results come out.  

- Wearing a mask is mandatory.

- You must fill in a form of your itinerary, along with a health status form and identification documents.

- All travellers must ensure they download the COVID-19 DXB app.

- If you test postivie you must undergo a home quarantine for 14 days. If it is not possible to quarantine at home, the traveller must commit to a self-quarantine facility or hotel and pay all expenses.

- Residents who test positive for Covid-19 and who live in high-density housing or house share, will be required to isolate at a facility. Their employer provide the quarantine facility or the individual can choose one provided by the government where the individual must bear the costs. 

-  Those displaying any symptoms must undergo a Covid-19 tests in an accredited medical facility within 48 hours of entering the country.

Looks like it might be good news for our summer plans after all.  

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