UAE & Serbia opens quarantine-free travel corridor for vaccinated people

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The UAE and Serbia have signed an agreement to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor for fully vaccinated people.

The change will make it easier for those who have vaccination certificates issued by health authorities in the two countries as of May 15 to travel without having to comply with health quarantine requirements upon arrival, according to the reports.

The signing ceremony, held virtually, was attended by Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, and Tatiana Mattek, Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism, and Communications.

Citizens and expatriate residents who want to take advantage of the quarantine exemption must show proof that they have received the last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as per the approved applications or certificates issued by their respective health authorities.

Passengers can also use these applications to present the results of the laboratory examination or PCR test. However, Visitors must follow the other precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety.

The move is part of a joint UAE-Serbian cooperation and coordination agreement to move forward with measures to recover from the effects of COVID-19.

It also “reflects the determination of the leadership of both countries to ease the movement of people and achieve the desired goals of the vaccination campaigns rolled out to ensure the inoculation of all eligible community members”, the report added.

Serbia has approved the use of the vaccine developed by Sinopharm, those from Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V.

Recently, the UAE and Bahrain have signed a similar “safe travel corridor” as part of their cooperation and coordination as well as their joint efforts. Citizens and residents in both countries who want to take advantage of the quarantine exemption must show proof that they have received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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