COVID-19 rules for air travel to apply to those entering UAE by land

COVID-19 rules for air travel to apply to those entering UAE by land

The UAE authorities have updated travel rules for passengers entering the country. As per the recent development, safety rules applying to people entering the UAE by air will also apply to those travelling to the country its land borders.

Last week, the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that PCR tests are no longer necessary for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UAE from February 26. Now, fully vaccinated passengers are required to show a vaccine certificate with a readable QR code.

For those who are not fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, they are required to show a negative PCR test result conducted within 48 hours of entering the Emirates with a valid QR code. They can also present a certificate confirming that they have recovered from COVID-19 within a month of the date of travel to the country.

The same rules will be applied to people arriving in the UAE through its land borders. However, authorities have advised people entering through the land border to have a PCR test taken within 24 hours of travel. It is particularly important for people who are planning to stay in the Emirates beyond three days.

The NCEMA announced that all announced entry protocols for the UAE will apply to land ports with effect from March 3.

"We advise those coming through land ports to undergo a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in the country, specifically those who plan to stay in the country for over 72 hours," the Authority added.

At the same time, Abu Dhabi has removed its green list system and scrapped quarantine requirement for all international travellers. Furthermore, Abu Dhabi authorities have ended border rules for travellers entering the Emirate from other emirates in the country requiring them to show Al Hosn green pass. EDE scanners have also been removed at the border for the convenience of visitors during travel.

Meanwhile, green pass protocols are still in effect for people seeking entry to public places in Abu Dhabi.

These rules have been updated by the authorities to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus and enhance the protection of community members in the country. UAE authorities continue to ease rules across the country amid declining infections in recent weeks.

SOURCE: The National News


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