In view of decreasing cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks in the UAE, the authorities have eased pandemic-related protocols for people entering the country through its land borders. Effective from November 23, the updated guidelines are valid for both Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens and expatriates. The announcement was made through a joint statement issued by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).
As per the latest protocols, visitors vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to present a negative PCR test result taken within 14 days prior to entry. In addition, they are required to undergo a COVID-19 test on the sixth day of their stay in the country.
For unvaccinated visitors, a negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to entry is mandatory. Furthermore, they will be required to take another test on days four and eight after entry.
The authorities have extended the validity of PCR test results to 14 days for both vaccinated and unvaccinated educational staff, students and their parents picking them up from schools.
In the statement, the authorities affirmed that the updated rules will help citizens of neighbouring countries and people living in border areas to enter the UAE with ease.
"Other procedures related to supply chains will remain in place. These measures are in line with the current health situation and to facilitate the travel of citizens and visitors of neighbouring countries to the UAE," the entities added.
Meanwhile, the authorities have called on all visitors to comply with relevant COVID-19 safety protocols in the country, including wearing masks, maintaining a safe social distance and sterilising their luggage.
People with chronic diseases or COVID-19 symptoms are advised against travelling to the UAE.