No quarantine for fully vaccinated expatriates returning to Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi: The city-states comprising the West Asian country of United Arab Emirates are welcoming tourists and resident visa holders after barring entry in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Abu Dhabi authorities have said that expatriates, who have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine approved by the UAE Government, will not have to undergo quarantine. This will be effective from Sunday.

Currently, those who have tourist visa are being permitted entry to Dubai and Abu Dhabi even if they have not taken the vaccine. But Abu Dhabi has mandated 10 days of quarantine for them.

The new applicants for the tourist visa are being asked to submit the vaccine certificate. Those who have been vaccinated should take the RT-PCR tests on day 4 and day 8 after reaching Abu Dhabi.

All those travelling to Abu Dhabi should submit the negative result of the RT-PCR tests taken 48 hours prior to the journey. But they have not been directed to undergo the tests again at the airports from where they board the flights. PCR test will be held on arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Significantly, there won't be compulsory quarantine for anyone in Dubai and Sharjah. Until the results of the PCR tests taken at the airport are known, they should not step out from the place of residence. Only if they test positive for COVID-19, they have to remain in quarantine.

Meanwhile, 10-day quarantine is mandatory for those arriving in the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah, Ajman and Ra's al-Khaimah are the seven constituent states or emirates of the UAE.

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