In the latest travel update for those entering the UAE, it has been announced it is mandatory for everyone to have a COVID-19 test before travelling.


The new ruling, which will come into effect on August 1, is for all passengers including UAE citizens, UAE residents, tourists and those in transit coming into UAE airports on inbound flights or transit flights. Tests must be done prior to travel, a maximum of 96 hours before.

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Similarly, in a statement from the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, the authorities confirmed those who are travelling from the UAE to countries in Europe, the UK and other countries requiring a COVID-19 PCR test need to do so before boarding their flights.

This latest regulation put in place is “in line with the country’s efforts to protect the health and safety of its citizens and residents and reduce the spread of coronavirus”, state news agency WAM said.

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