UAE residents to produce negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before returning

All returning residents must comply with 14-day isolation rules at home or in an isolation facility

Returning UAE residents are instructed to download one of the approved smart phone apps so health authorities can monitor their status and ensure the safety of the public.

UAE residents looking to return to the country must undergo a Covid-19 test and receive a negative result at least 72 hours before departure, according to the latest rules announced by the government.

From July 1, travellers will not be allowed to board a plane bound for the UAE without first getting confirmation that they are free from coronavirus.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), have relaxed travel restrictions following an extended period of lockdown, however, these come with strict conditions.

This includes completing a Covid-19 test in an approved lab before returning to the UAE. According to both the NCEMA and ICA the labs can be found in 106 cities in 17 countries around the world, with the figure set to increase to 150 labs in 31 countries.

A list of these labs can be found by visiting the ICA’s website. 

Valid UAE visa-holders coming to the UAE from countries that don’t have approved testing labs at this moment will be subjected to Covid-19 screening until the facilities become available, where all screening conditions must be applied.

All returning residents must comply with 14-day isolation rules at home or in an isolation facility. In addition, they must bear all costs of tests and quarantine in the event that their private accommodation doesn’t meet required standards. Employers of foreign nationals with UAE visas should bear any such expenses whenever required.

Returning UAE residents are instructed to download one of the approved smart phone apps so health authorities can monitor their status and ensure the safety of the public.

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