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Under these directives, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai headed by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced a new set of travel protocols for Emiratis, residents, tourists and transit passengers travelling into and out of Dubai.
According to the revised protocols, Emiratis returning to Dubai from overseas are not required to do a PCR test prior to departure, regardless of the country they are coming from and the time spent there. They will only be required to conduct a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
All residents and inbound tourists will have to undergo a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai.
Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so.
Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said the new travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimising precautionary measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.
The amended protocols are based on the recommendations of frontline entities combating the pandemic including the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and a comprehensive assessment of the global situation. The protocols also address the travel guidelines and requirements of different countries.
The Committee stressed the importance of implementing precautionary measures and protocols in all Dubai travel ports according to the recommendations of local and global authorities to ensure the safety of passengers, flight crew and airport employees.
All residents are advised to conduct a CIVID-19 PCR test before flying to the UAE.
Dubai is all set to welcome returning residents from Monday, citizens and residents permitted to travel overseas from 23 June 2020.
The authorities said the conditions and procedures would be announced later in light of the preventive and precautionary measures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The government has also introduced a Pass Track Application that all travellers will be required to install in their mobile phones. A health declaration form is also required to be filled 48 hours before arriving in the country.
The prime minister expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the current local governments and said a system was being introduced at the village level under which funds would be transferred directly to the councils.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) on its social media platforms on Saturday has announced that it has further reduced the cost of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
“GITEX will be the most important and realistic global technical event in 2020 and the UAE will be the fastest country to recover fro COVID-19 in the world,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.