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Combating coronavirus: UAE announces mandatory PCR test for all airport arrivals

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Filed on July 23, 2020 | Last updated on July 23, 2020 at 06.26 am
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Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.

The UAE has announced that a Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers, including Emiratis, residents and tourists, arriving via the country's airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from.

The decision to apply prior testing on all those coming to the country will be applied as of August 1 without impingement on the mandatory testing measures that travellers have to follow upon arrival at the country's airports.

According to a joint statement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), all passengers travelling through the country's airports to the EU countries and the UK, as well as other countries that require a PCR test, have to get tested prior to boarding their respective planes.

The announcement 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.

Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement, which has 96 hours of validity from the date of testing.

The NCEMA and MoFAIC highlighted the necessity for all airlines operating in the UAE to comply with these requirements.

Travel guidelines

> All PCR tests to be conducted at accredited laboratories listed at

> Airlines to make sure that passengers carry a negative Covid-19 certificate from certified centres issued not more than 72 hours prior to arrival. All airports to follow this rule starting July 24

> Regarding countries that do not have listed laboratories, airlines will coordinate with residents wishing to return to the country regarding the required negative PCR tests

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