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Vaccinated travellers to UAE don't need PCR tests now

ABU DHABI, February 26, 2022

UAE's National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), in coordination with its main partners, has announced that vaccinated travellers coming to the UAE do not need a PCR test before travelling to the country.
Travellers have to make sure to present an approved Covid-19 vaccination certificate containing a QR code. Unvaccinated travellers have to present an approved negative PCR test result received within 48 hours, or a QR code-accompanied certificate of recovery from a Covid-19 infection obtained within one month from the date of travel, a Wam report said. 
Travellers from the UAE have to follow the requirements of medical examinations and vaccinations in place in their countries of destination.
The new measures come into force from February 26.
According to the announcement, mask-wearing is mandatory in public indoor spaces and optional outdoors. It's also been decided to cancel the quarantine requirements for Covid-19 contacts. Covid contacts working in all state sectors have to conduct a PCR test daily for five days' time.
NCEMA added that the isolation protocol for infected will continue as previously announced, without any change. The infected, however, will no longer wear wristbands.
At the local level, each emirate has the flexibility to determine the duration of the quarantine period and PCR tests for Covid contacts in their respective sectors and professions, according to the vital sectors in the country, while necessarily maintaining the need to follow precautionary and preventive measures, which include adherence to physical distancing, and mask-wearing at all times.
NCEMA stressed the continuity of following the Green Pass requirement, or presenting a negative PCR test result of no more than 96 hours to attend all local events, exhibitions, and cultural and social activities.
For economic and tourist sectors, physical distancing has been cancelled while mask-wearing in closed places is still mandatory.
The authority announced the return of all sports activities for all age groups, while obligating the public to follow the Green Pass protocol or present a negative PCR of not more than 96 hrs, in addition to maintaining the mandatory wearing of masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces given the turnout found in such activities.
The authority calls on all community members to cooperate and adhere to preventive measures to confront the Covid-19, in order to preserve the gains being witnessed today in terms of recovery, crisis management, and comprehensive community health and safety.
NCEMA stressed that the role of society in the next stage is not less important than the roles and responsibilities of the competent authorities to handle the pandemic, noting that the full return to normalcy requires commitment to preventive measures over the coming period, said the Wam report.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai headed by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced that Covid-19 preventive measures will be eased starting from Saturday.
As per protocols that will be followed in Dubai, wearing of masks continues to be mandatory in all public indoor venues in the emirate, while it is optional in outdoor areas.
Close contacts of Covid-19 positive cases who are not experiencing any symptoms are no longer required to quarantine.
Among updated travel protocols, Dubai-bound travellers will need to present an approved Covid-19 vaccination certificate that contains a QR code. Unvaccinated inbound travellers will need to present a negative result for a PCR test done within the last 48 hours or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 containing a QR code, obtained within one month before the date of travel.


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