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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai announced updates to emirate’s travel protocols for inbound passengers, effective from Sunday, 31 January.
As part of the revised protocols, UAE residents, GCC citizens and visitors are required to do a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai irrespective of the country they are coming from.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has mandated that arrivals from certain countries (based on the pandemic situation in those countries) require an additional test on arrival in Dubai.
Protocols will remain the same for UAE citizens returning to the country from overseas, which exempt them from undergoing a PCR test prior to departure, regardless of the country they are coming from.
They will only be required to conduct a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
The Committee has also decided to reduce the validity period of PCR tests from 96 hours to 72 hours.
The Committee has directed Dubai Airports Company to provide Rapid PCR or Rapid Antigen testing at Dubai airports, in cooperation with relevant authorities, to facilitate travel procedures for passengers departing from Dubai to countries that require this type of pre-travel test, in accordance with the time-frame specified.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said the updated travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimising precautionary measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments.
They are also aimed at enabling the city to continue serving as a global commercial hub and a bridge for travel and trade between the east and west.
The DHA said that Al Safa Health Centre and Nad Al Sheba Centre for Ladies are now open to the public.
All residents and inbound tourists will have to undergo a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai.
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