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UAE residents must be Covid-negative 3 days before returning to Emirates

Wam/Abu Dhabi
Filed on June 30, 2020 | Last updated on June 30, 2020 at 12.02 am
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From Wednesday, expats with residency visas will have to undergo Covid-19 tests in approved labs.

UAE residents with valid residency visa permits who are currently out of the country must undergo a Covid-19 test and receive a negative result at least 72 hours before returning to the Emirates under new rules announced by the UAE government.

The regulations, which come into effect from Wednesday, July 1, mean travellers are not permitted to board a plane bound for the UAE without first getting confirmation that they are free of Covid-19.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced the new rules as part of ongoing efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and support the UAE's strategy of gradually easing travel restrictions.

As part of the new regulations, the UAE government has issued a list of preconditions that need to be followed ahead of the approved return of foreign nationals with valid residence permits to the UAE.

Most importantly, those returning to the Emirates must undergo testing for Covid-19 in an approved lab. These can currently be found in around 106 cities in 17 countries around the world, with this number due to increase to 150 labs in 31 countries as the testing initiative is rolled out. The NCEMA and ICA said a list of these labs can be found by visiting the ICA's website:https://beta.smartservices.ica.gov.ae

Valid UAE visa-holders coming to the Emirates from countries that don't have approved testing labs at the moment will be subjected to Covid-19 screening until such facilities become available, whereupon 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 smartphone apps so health authorities can monitor their status and ensure the safety of the public.


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