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31 mai 2020 | 16h58 UTC

UAE: Abu Dhabi authorities announce travel restrictions from June 2 /update 39

United Arab Emirates Alerte de sécurité

Abu Dhabi authorities announce travel restrictions from June 2; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 31/5/2020, 12h00 until 9/6/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION Abu Dhabi

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On Sunday, May 31, authorities in Abu Dhabi announced that travel in and out of the emirate would be suspended from Tuesday, June 2, as a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travel between the emirate's individual regions - Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra - will also be suspended, although travel within the regions themselves is to remain permitted. The new measure will be in force for a week, until Tuesday, June 9. Special permits will be available for essential workers, the transport of essential goods, and for medical visits.

The new measure came as officials announced the easing of certain COVID-19 restrictions from Monday, June 1, with the authorized capacity of malls, restaurants, hotels, and museums being raised from 30 percent to 40 percent, and the resumption of individual outdoor sports for people aged between 12 and 60 being permitted. However, beaches are to remain closed, and the national curfew remains in effect between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 (local time).

As of May 31, there have been 33,896 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi, with 262 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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