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23 juill. 2020 | 15h08 UTC

UAE: Authorities make COVID-19 PCR tests compulsory for arriving passengers August 1 /update 51

United Arab Emirates Alerte de sécurité

Presenting negative COVID-19 PCR test to be compulsory for inbound and transit flight passengers in the UAE from August 1; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 23/7/2020, 12h00 until 23/9/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION United Arab Emirates

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Event

Authorities on Wednesday, July 22, made presenting a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test compulsory for all arriving and transit flight passengers in the UAE from August 1. Authorities also require negative tests to be dated within the prior 96 hours of arrival in the country and to be carried out by a recognized laboratory. The measure will apply to Emirati citizens, tourists, and residents, regardless of which country they depart from; however, children with moderate or severe disabilities and those aged 11 or under are exempt from this requirement.

On July 11, authorities in the UAE canceled a visa extension granted to expatriates those whose stay in the country was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents whose visas expired between March 1 and March 31 have been given three months to renew their documents, after the decision to extend visas until December 31 was revoked. Similarly, the decision to extend the validity of identity cards that expired before March 31 to December 31 has also been revoked. Residents currently abroad with expired visas will be granted a grace period to return once flights between their location and the UAE resume. Individuals traveling to the UAE are advised to confirm visa requirements and adhere to instructions and advice issued by local authorities.

As of Thursday, July 23, there have been 57,988 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 342 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

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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