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Updated 21 June 2022

Following an increase in the number of daily reported COVID cases, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), has new released COVID-19 protocols, resisting most of the previously abolished COVID-19 restrictions in the UAE. 

Here’s everything you need to know regarding the latest COVID rules in the UAE.

COVID-19 rules in the Emirates

Please note that the safety rules prevalent in every Emirate will be updated accordingly when released.

Dubai

The guidelines for positive COVID-19 cases, as per Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are:

  • Isolate yourself immediately in a separate room after getting your positive PCR result, and immediately inform your direct manager and HR department, if working.
  • Install the COVID-19 DXB App (Apple and Android) and follow the required steps.
  • If you do not have any symptoms, you still must complete the 10-day home or institutional isolation. You don’t have to undergo another PCR test once the isolation period is complete.
  • If you begin to develop any symptoms, you can call the DHA toll-free number on 800 342 to book a virtual medical consultation through the “Doctor for Every Citizen” service or book an appointment at a COVID-19 assessment centre.
  • Upon completing the isolation period, you will get a clearance certificate via SMS.
  • If you cannot meet the conditions for home isolation, you can contact the DHA hotline on 800 342 to request for a transfer to an institutional isolation facility.

isolation period will end when:

  • After completing 10 days from the date of taking the PCR test.
  • When the symptoms, if any, subside.
  • The patient has no symptoms or fever by the 10th day, (without fever reducing medication) for a minimum of three consecutive days.

Abu Dhabi

Entry to public places

Entry to most public places and attractions like shopping centres, restaurants, cafes, other retail outlets including those not in shopping centres, gyms, recreational facilities, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centres, universities, institutes, theme parks, and cinemas. in Abu Dhabi is only allowed for those who have ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app, which requires following the approved testing requirements:

  • Vaccinated residents must receive a negative PCR test result every 14 days to maintain ‘Green’ status. Earlier the validity was upto 30 days. 
  • UAE residents need to take a timely vaccine booster shot to maintain ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app. This requirement does NOT apply to tourists.
  • Visitors with an official vaccine exemption must receive a negative PCR test result every 7 days to maintain ‘Green’ status.
  • Anyone who is unvaccinated must take a PCR test every 48 hours to maintain ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app.
  • Children aged under 12 years automatically receive ‘Green’ status without the need to be vaccinated or to take a PCR test.
  • Children aged 12 to 15 years do not need to be vaccinated but do need to take a PCR test to receive ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app.

Individuals without the Al Hosn app can alternatively present proof of full vaccination via either a full vaccination certificate from their home country or by showing full vaccination status in their home country mobile app, as well as a negative PCR test result within the last 14 days.

Abu Dhabi’s protocol for mask-wearing

Wearing a face mask in outdoor spaces is optional. However, face masks are required in all indoor spaces and physical distancing should be observed. There are exemptions for:

  • Children under the age of two
  • People with severe disabilities (this group must be able to provide a relevant medical report if required)
  • People with respiratory symptoms (this group must be able to provide a medical report that specifies their difficulty with mask-wearing)

Quarantine rules

Abu Dhabi’s Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee announced that the wristband requirement for home quarantine has been removed.

Isolation protocol if you test positive 

According to the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), if you test positive, these are the steps you must follow:

1. High-risk categories

Those who are 50 years old and above, have symptoms, have a chronic disease or are women who are pregnant have been asked to visit one of the designated COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centres for medical assessment and isolation measures.

Prime assessment centres for medical assessment and isolation measures for high-risk categories:

Abu Dhabi
• Mafraq Hospital
• Madinat Mohamed Bin Zayed Centre – for labourers

Al Ain
• Al Ain Convention Center Gate 7

Al Dhafra
• Madinat Zayed City Centre
• Al Dhafra Hospitals Prime Assessment Centre

To end isolation, you must:

  • Get two negative results 24 hours apart.
  • Or a 10-day isolation period completed with no symptoms in the last three days of isolation.

2. Other categories

Those with mild or medium symptoms and no chronic disease have been asked to follow these steps:

  • Take a retest within 24 hours of first positive result to confirm infection and continue to isolate. You can take the retest in any health facility in the Emirate and self-isolate at home until the result of the second test.
  • If the second PCR test result is positive, self-isolate at home and the COVID-19 virtual assessment centre will contact you to complete the isolation measures.
  • If your PCR test result is negative, wait for another 24 hours and do a retest. If your second PCR test result is negative, ADPHC advises people to resume normal activities and continue to follow precautionary measures.

Sharjah

Passengers arriving in Sharjah must undergo an RT-PCR test to detect COVID-19 on arrival.  They must quarantine themselves until they receive a negative result. If the result is positive, then the protocols of the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention will apply. More COVID rules are as follows:

  • All arriving passengers to Sharjah must have a negative PCR test report, with a validity of 96 hours before departure.
  • All passengers must wear the mask at all times.
  • Practice the social distancing of 2 meters inside the airport Terminal.
  • Every arriving passenger must receive a Declaration Form at check-in point or onboard the flight) and fill it to hand it over to the registration team on arrival.

Latest COVID rules in the UAE

Mask mandate 

The NCEMA urged members of the community to wear face masks in crowded outdoor areas and indoor spaces to avoid the risk of infection. Not wearing a face mask indoors, or in crowded public areas, will lead to a fine of Dh3,000.

Reduction of green pass validity 

Vaccinated residents must receive a negative PCR test result every 14 days to maintain ‘Green’ status on the Al Hosn app, to enter public places and attractions in Abu Dhabi. Earlier the validity was upto 30 days. 

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