Covid-19: UAE suspends entry of GCC citizens until approval of pre-screening system

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Abu Dhabi - Ministry updates entry procedure.

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Published: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 10:42 PM

Last updated: Sat 21 Mar 2020, 8:40 AM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) issued a statement on Friday night revising its earlier statement on updating procedures for entry of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens into the country.
A ministry statement issued late Friday night said:

'Further to its earlier statement today on updating the entry procedures for GCC nationals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued a statement suspending entry of GCC citizens, starting midnight tonight, March 20, until a pre-check mechanism involving COVID-19 is approved.'
The previously announced procedure would have been valid from March 21, 10 am onwards and will be applicable till further orders as part of precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The Ministry clarified that citizens of GCC states who wish to enter the country must carry out examination upon arrival.
Besides they have to adhere to home quarantine for 14 days.
Those who have a home in the state will be quarantined at their home and those who do not own a house will be quarantined at places decided by the competent authorities.

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