As the emirate relaxes its Covid-19 travel restrictions, fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to show a negative PCR test. Passengers will instead only need to provide an approved vaccination certificate with a QR code.

Unvaccinated travellers, on the other hand, will still be required to provide a negative PCR test within 48 hours prior to departure. The decision was part of a broader set of changes to the emirate’s regulations.

Masks are now optional outside in Dubai and across the UAE, while they are still required in all public indoor venues.

For the first time since the start of 2020, restaurants have returned to full capacity. Shisha cafés have also returned to full capacity, however according to UAE regulation, smoking areas must provide two square metres for each individual.

As a result of the move, Emirates, headquartered in Dubai, said that travellers heading to the popular tourist destination will just need proof of vaccination rather than a negative PCR test.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) in Abu Dhabi has removed the green travel list.

The requirement for a green Al Hosn pass to cross the Abu Dhabi-Dubai border has also been scrapped. Those intending to visit public venues such as malls and restaurants must still have a pass.

The announcement comes as the UAE reports a dramatic drop in Covid-19 cases, as well as high vaccination and booster shot rates.

 India’s new age travel digital media


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