UAE residents and citizens can travel abroad; Official directives released

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has allowed its citizens and residents to travel abroad conforming to the health preventive and prudent conditions enforced within the UAE’s airports and the destinations’ regulations.

UAE citizens and residents can now travel to destinations that are served by airlines across the world.

The United Arab Emirates, represented by the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship revealed directions with respect to the ease of restrictions.

Both UAE’s national carriers and other international carriers will carry out their operations according to a classification system will is based on several health and safety standards.

Travelers will have to comply with UAE’s travel protocols along with that of the destination region which will be depended on several factors such as public health, health checks upon arrival at the destination and when returning back to the UAE, quarantine and self-monitoring of the health of the traveler. General precautionary guidelines and procedures will continued to be applied respectively.

Travelers should comply with the following compulsory requirements before departure from UAE

  • Only UAE nationals must register with ‘Twajudi’ to facilitate communication with them while traveling.
  • Citizens and residents must perform a COVID-19 test before travel, depending on the health regulations at the desired destination.
  • Only test results conducted within 48 hours of the travel period may be considered.
  • The results of the examination should be presented either through the Al Hosn application or by showing a medical certificate as proof of the negative result, in order to prove that the individual is free from Covid19 to the authorities at the arrival destination.
  • Travel will only be permitted if the individual receives a negative result.
  • Travelers must obtain international health insurance, which is valid throughout the period of travel and covers the desired destination.

Instructions for returning residents

  • Returning residents should carry out pre-examination in the countries where laboratories are available before they return to the UAE to ensure that there is no violation of the declared regulations and procedures.
  • It is not advised for people over the age of 70 or for those with chronic diseases to travel due to the increased risks associated.