The UAE has announced that COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all passengers travelling via the country's airports, regardless of the countries they are coming from.
The new rule is set to be implemented on 1st August without impingement on the mandatory testing measures that travellers have to follow upon arrival at the country's airports.
A joint statement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, stated that all passengers travelling through UAE’s airports to other countries that require PCR test, have to get tested prior to boarding their respective planes.
Children below the age of 12 and people with severe and moderate disabilities need not follow the test requirement. The tests have a validity of 96 hours from the date of testing.
NCEMA and MoFAIC emphasised the necessity for airlines operating in the UAE to follow these requirements.
The announcement falls in line with the country’s efforts to protect the health and safety of its citizens and residents and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Author: Hani P Jamal