Amidst spiking coronavirus cases, Dubai has issued an announcement regarding travel regulations for incoming passengers.

It was announced on Wednesday evening by the Dubai Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management via the Dubai Media Office that the new updates would come into effect on Sunday, January 31.

Firstly, all UAE citizens must do a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai no matter which country they have travelled from.

Meanwhile, all UAE residents, GCC citizens and visitors will now be required to undergo a pre-travel COVID-19 PCR test regardless of where they are travelling from and the validity time of tests is now 72 hours, reduced from 96 hours.


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It was also stated, “Arrivals from some countries (based on the COVID-19 situation there) may be required to undergo an additional test when landing in Dubai.”

For those who are departing Dubai, a rapid PCR or rapid antigen test will be available at the airport for passengers leaving the emirate.

On Wednesday the UAE reported 3,939 new COVID-19 cases, but recovery numbers well acceded that with a total 4,536 recoveries. To date, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the UAE is 289,086.

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