In a stringent move to prevent the spread of COVID, the United Arab Emirates has announced a ban on unvaccinated citizens from travelling abroad from January 10. As per the news reports, fully vaccinated citizens would also require a booster shot to be eligible to travel. However, the said ban will not apply to those with medical or humanitarian exemptions.
With this announcement, the UAE becomes the latest country to impose new curbs amid a rise in infections. As reported earlier, many countries have already put strict restrictions into place for unvaccinated people before they are allowed to travel.
While some countries have made negative COVID test results mandatory before travel, some have also made quarantine mandatory for travellers upon arrival.
If reports are to go by, more than 90% of the population in the UAE has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while around 34 per cent had already received the booster jab as of December 24.
The latest travel rules in the UAE were announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reportedly, these measures were taken to ensure that health and safety are prioritized.