The announcement came after hundreds of UAE-bound passengers were barred from travelling for not having a rapid PCR test at the airports, which is required to be conducted within four hours before the departure of the flight.
Employees who have obtained a medical report from official health authorities in the country, indicating that they cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine, due to their health condition, are excluded from the new procedures.
A huge rush for PCR tests for children have been reported in several centres in the country ahead of school reopening on Sunday.
A police patrol stopped near the PCR testing centre and asked the woman and her children to rest in the police car until they were called for the tests at the centre.
The UAE on Tuesday announced the update of the travel protocol for the UAE citizens travelling to the countries which have been on the travel ban list as of Wednesday (Oct.27).
Visitors over the age of 18 will have to provide proof of any vaccination approved by the governments of their countries or a negative PCR test result. PCR test results must be done 72 hours before the visit date.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation posted on its official account on Twitter an update of the procedures for customers to visit its headquarters, facilities and customer happiness centres, starting from Sunday, Aug.1, 2021.
The public and private schools that follow the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, along with nurseries and adult education, will receive more than 1.2 million students on Sunday ( Aug.29, 2021), to mark the start of the new school year 2021-2022.
Now all the passengers holding valid UAE residence visa can take Rapid PCR test six hours before their departure. Earlier all passengers were required to take Rapid PCR test 4 hours prior to their departure.
According to the new protocol, which takes effect from Tuesday, November 23, GCC citizens or foreigners, who have taken the approved vaccines and boosters, must present a 14-day negative PCR test result when coming to the UAE via all land ports.