The UAE’s National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) declared on April 19 that unvaccinated citizens will be allowed to travel abroad.

Unvaccinated Emiratis, on the other hand, must submit a negative PCR test result 48 hours prior to departure, as well as fill out travel application paperwork on the Al Hosn app, in order to alter their status to green.

In a statement to state news agency WAM, NCEMA spokesman Dr. Taher Al-Ameri said, “The new methodology is in keeping with the UAE’s policy aimed at achieving sustained recovery and the return to normalcy.”

Unvaccinated children under the age of 16 are exempt from providing a negative PCR test result upon arrival, but must follow COVID-19 preventive measures, according to Dr. Al-Ameri.

Coronavirus infections are now significantly reduced in the UAE, thanks to active testing and immunization efforts, with 237 new cases reported daily on Wednesday and no deaths. The total number of doses distributed is now 24,621,636, resulting in a vaccination rate of 248.94 doses per 100 individuals.

Despite the UAE beginning a recovery phase, the government advises that preventative measures such as wearing face masks, social distancing, hand sanitization, and avoiding crowded areas be continued, according to Dr. Al-Ameri.

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