The UAE is bar its unvaccinated citizens from traveling abroad, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced Saturday.
The measure, which goes into effect on Jan. 10, also requires vaccinated people to receive a booster vaccine before they can leave the country.
“Prohibition of travel by UAE citizens not vaccinated with the # Covid19 vaccine, from January 10, 2022, with the need to obtain a booster dose for those fully vaccinated”, Tweeted (NCEMA).
Only unvaccinated citizens traveling for humanitarian reasons and those seeking medical treatment will be spared the new requirement.
The severe restriction comes on the heels of a substantial increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world.
Global tourism was booming, with some markets performing better than others, but the new omicron variant is testing governments’ readiness once again.
just yesterday, the UAE had to further restrict travel to UK visitors, aThe European country is preparing for a “Omicron tsunami”.
Abu Dhabi will no longer allow unquarantined British travelers in the emirate, while Dubai will reduce the validity of the mandatory negative PCR test from 72 to 48 hours before departure.
“Unfortunately, we can expect these sudden changes in travel requirements and protocols in the coming months, with countries often making unilateral changes to their entry requirements, sometimes as part of a policy response to some change elsewhere,” John Grant, partner at UK-based consultancy Midas Aviation, he told Arabian Business.
When the pandemic started, the UAE was able to control the incidences thanks to its strict entry and exit restrictions.
Therefore, it is reasonable to expect the government to impose similar restrictions now that the pandemic is gathering steam again.
On Monday, the UAE recorded 2,581 new cases of Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 772,189, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention.
One virus-related death was also reported, bringing the cumulative deaths to 2,170.
The government said in a statement that it will continue to expand the scope of testing across the country to help with early diagnosis of coronavirus cases and treatment.