While the UAE has stated it is ready to welcome back both residents stuck abroad and tourists, in order to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus within the country government officials have announced anyone entering the nation will need to take a COVID-19 test.
According to Arabian Business, a joint statement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), announced their latest update applies to Emiratis, residents and tourists as well as passengers transiting through airports in the UAE.
"Airlines must ensure that passengers boarding flights to the UAE should have a negative test result that is no more than 72 hours old, regardless of departure airport," the business website reports.
Individuals with severe or moderate disabilities and children under the age of 12 will be exempted from the test requirement, which is only valid 96 hours from the date of testing.
Covid-19 tests must be carried out from an accredited laboratory. Individuals who are unable to obtain results from an accredited laboratory are advised to contact their airline directly.
Authorities have stated this new announcement is in line with the country’s effort to protect the health and safety of its citizens and residents, and to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
It was reported the UAE registered 236 new cases and 390 recoveries from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.
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