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Covid UAE: Unvaccinated govt staff must use annual leave for quarantine Filed on January 27, 2021

Quarantine period for unvaccinated employees will be deducted from their annual leave or considered an unpaid one if they have none left.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has issued new quarantine guidelines for Covid-positive government employees or those who were in close contact with infected patients.


>> New Covid test requirements for unvaccinated employees

>> Covid PCR test must for employees every 7 days

According to the guidelines, the quarantine period for unvaccinated employees will be deducted from their annual leave or considered as an unpaid one if they don’t have any left.

In a circular issued to ministries and federal entities, the FAHR said infected and close contact employees must adhere to quarantine and treatment guidelines.

Vaccinated employees

According to the circular, if the employee had close contact with a Covid-19 patient and had received two doses of the vaccine, they should undergo a quarantine period as specified by the competent health authorities. They must work remotely from home during this period.

Unvaccinated employees

For unvaccinated employees, the quarantine period will be deducted from his or her annual leave. If they don’t have any leaves left, the days spent in quarantine will be considered as unpaid leave. If required, they must work remotely from home.

PCR tests every 7 days

The FAHR reminded authorities that unvaccinated employees need to conduct a PCR test every seven days.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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