Govt confirms changes to UAE entry rules

By Lisa James
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The Foreign Office has updated advice for Brits travelling to the United Arab Emirates.

The FCDO advice has been updated to say that, with effect from 26 February, fully vaccinated travellers to the UAE do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before they travel.

The no-test rule also applies to under 16s, people holding a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure and those with severe disabilities.

Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure is still required for those who are not fully vaccinated and who don’t have a COVID-19 recovery certificate, as well as anyone transiting in Abu Dhabi where a test is required at their final destination.

Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi are required to undertake a PCR test on arrival, while travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to take a test and will have to isolate while awaiting the result.

In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.

As of 28 February, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the removal of EDE [electromagnetic wave] scanners and the requirement for a Green Pass to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE.

The FCDO says visitors to Abu Dhabi must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and download the Al Hosn App.

The FCDO advises travellers check the Abu Dhabi Media Office website, Visit Abu Dhabi website and the Emirates News Agency website for the latest information.

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