Pre-departure COVID-19 test mandatory for returning UAE residents

Coronavirus: Returning UAE residents need pre-departure COVID-19 test

The UAE government has announced that it is mandatory for all the returning foreign nationals to have a pre-departure COVID-19 test starting from July 1. This applies to those who have valid UAE residence permits.

The announcement was publicized on Sunday by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. As per the announcement, the passengers who don’t have a negative test within 72 hours from departure would not be allowed to board the flight.

It is an essential requirement to get the test done at an accredited laboratory. Currently there are accredited labs found in 106 cities present across 17 countries. More of these labs are to be added in coming days.

The authorities clarified that these laboratories are well aware of the time constraints and the urgency of results. The results would therefore be delivered digitally.

For UAE residents who are returning from a country lacking any such laboratory would be required to get a COVID-19 test on their arrival in the country. They would thereafter be directly directed for 14 days quarantine. All the tests and quarantine costs are to be fulfilled by the individuals.

A certified app is also mandatory to be downloaded by the returning residents. This would help the authorities to monitor them during quarantine and also keep a check on their health.