The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), in coordination with the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), have announced a travel ban on Emirati citizens not vaccinated against COVID-19 from 10th January.
The announcement is in line with the country's vision in the recovery phase of the pandemic and enhancing national efforts in all sectors, due to the global epidemiological situation and the current high rate of infections, to preserve the health and safety of citizens.
The ministry also stressed the requirement to receive the booster dose for vaccinated citizens as per the national protocol on travel.
Travel is permitted for unvaccinated citizens of the following categories:
- citizens medically exempted from taking the vaccine,
- humanitarian cases,
- and individuals travelling for medical and treatment purposes.
The importance of ensuring that all travellers adhere to preventive measures, investigating the epidemiological situation in travel destinations, and communicating with diplomatic missions in the country in case of suspected infection, was emphasised.
The travel ban is being put in place to ensure that health and safety are prioritised by the leadership and the country's proactive efforts to confront the COVID-19 crisis.
#NCEMA and @MoFAICUAE: Ban on Travel on UAE citizens unvaccinated with #Covid19 vaccine, starting Jan 10, 2022, with a requirement to obtain the booster dose for the fully vaccinated. With an exemption for medically exempted from taking the vaccine, humanitarian & treatment cases pic.twitter.com/zUw1FoSLBt— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) January 1, 2022