Filter for United Arab Emirates Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-08-01 In Public health measures: Testing policy
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.
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2020-07-11 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
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.
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2020-07-07 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
Travelers will need to have international health insurance coverage and sign a health declaration form.
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2020-07-07 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
foreign travelers would be permitted to enter the emirate from July 7.
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2020-07-07 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
foreign travelers would be permitted to enter the emirate from July 7.
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2020-06-24 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Cinemas, auction houses, entertainment centers, valet services, and fitness facilities are permitted to open, provided they do not exceed 50 percent capacity and respect social distancing measures.
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2020-06-23 In Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
all those travelling should have a COVID-19 test 48 hours before travelling. All travellers must register before trip as well. Medical insurance is mandatory for all travellers and they should also consent to health quarantine upon arrival. Travellers cannot change destinations once registered and/or booked.
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2020-06-23 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
When returning from a trip, if the traveller is unable to home quarantine, he must quarantine at a hotel, while bearing the costs.
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2020-06-23 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
citizens and residents would be permitted to travel abroad from Tuesday, June 23, in line with the rest of the UAE.
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2020-06-23 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
The travel destinations will be categorised in to three: First group of destinations would be places that are not considered dangerous to travel to, second category "medium risk" includes travel for medical reasons or family visits and third category involves high risk destinations. A limited and specific group of people will be allowed to travel to countries within the category "medium risk" in emergency situations, in order to seek the necessary health treatment, or visit family of first degree, or for military, diplomatic and official missions.
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2020-06-23 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Seniors (older than 70) are not allowed to travel
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2020-06-22 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
those with residency visas would be able to enter from Monday, June 22
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2020-06-16 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
authorities in Abu Dhabi announced the easing of movement restrictions within the emirate from June 16. Citizens are able to leave the emirate freely without a permit, although one is needed to enter it.
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
UAE welcomes return of foreign nationals holding valid residence visa from June 1st.
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2020-05-24 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
Emirati authorities announced that people who test positive for COVID-19 are required to wear electronic wristbands May 24; abide by government directives. The wristband will only be removed after two COVID-19 tests produce negative results. Failure to wear the wristband and install and use the app will incur an AED 10,000 (USD 2723) fine.
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2020-05-21 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Emirates has announced plans to resume flight operations to nine destinations from Thursday, May 21, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, and Melbourne, subject to government approval. Eligibility and entry criteria requirements will apply to individuals wishing to book the flights.
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2020-05-21 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Dubai-based airline Emirates will operate outbound flights to London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain), Chicago (United States of America), Toronto (Canada), Sydney and Melbourne (Australia) from 21 May.
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2020-05-20 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
amended: The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be chnaged to 09.00-19.00 starting 20 May
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2020-05-20 In Movement restrictions: Curfews
amended: from may 20 the curfews for the national sterilisation programme will change to 20.00-06.00, during which all individuals are required to stay indoor. The opening hours of shopping malls and retail shops will be 09.00-19.00.
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2020-05-13 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
no more than 5 people may gather
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2020-05-13 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
May 13, that the reopening of parks and hotel beaches will be allowed in Dubai; however, no more than five people are permitted to gather together, as the UAE begins the easing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management is further allowing the refund and return of goods and the use of fitting rooms in shopping malls and retail outlets. Furthermore, tram and ferry services have also resumed operations.
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2020-05-11 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
May 11, permitting residents to leave their homes during the curfew hours of 22:00 to 06:00 (local time), provided they request a permit beforehand. Permits are to be issued for essential journeys, such as visiting a supermarket, pharmacy, or hospital, and can be applied for from the Abu Dhabi Police.
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2020-05-11 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Abu Dhabi had previously allowed the reopening of malls, cafés, and restaurants, as well as the resumption of public transportation. However, the curfew will remain in place for the duration of the month of Ramadan, ending on Saturday, May 23, and those found to be violating the measure may be subject to a Dh 2000 fine.
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2020-05-09 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
National carrier Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of inbound flights to Abu Dhabi from 9 May exclusively for UAE citizens and foreign nationals holding valid UAE residency permits.
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2020-05-07 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
children and the elderly will not be allowed to enter shopping malls, supermarkets, and cooperative societies until further notice
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2020-04-29 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurants, shopping malls and other retail outlets are allowed to open between 06.00 and 22.00.
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2020-04-29 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
metro service is due to recommence from 29 April.
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2020-04-24 Out Movement restrictions: Curfews
n the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been rescinded. Since 24 April, this has now been relaxed to coincide with Ramadan - residents are now permitted to conduct movement between 06.00 and 22.00 without a permit; restrictions on movement between 22.00 and 06.00 remain in force and the only exceptions are for medical emergencies. Other emirates seemingly remain under the initial 20.00 to 06.00 curfew regime, including Abu Dhabi. Trips to purchase food and medication and essential workers are exempt.
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Fines may be issued for those suspected of spreading information about COVID-19 which contradicts official statements, as well as neglecting social distancing requirements, driving with more than three people in a vehicle, and participating in social gatherings.
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2020-04-18 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
In Dubai, the national sanitation programme effective for 24 hours a day has been extended until at least 25 April. Individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes during the cleaning and disinfection programme, except for essential purposes or if they work in a vital sector
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2020-04-11 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Abu Dhabi restricts worker movement: Blue-collar workers in Abu Dhabi are not allowed to leave the emirate until further notice; their internal movement is restricted to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra. In addition, workers from other emirates are not allowed to enter into Abu Dhabi. Exceptions may apply to movement of workers operating in essential sectors and those with valid flight tickets on their way to the airport of departure.
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2020-04-05 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
n the Dubai emirate, a 24 hour remain-at-home directive has been imposed. Exceptions are for those travelling to acquire groceries or medicines. Only one person from each household is permitted to conduct these moves
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2020-04-05 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Any citizen/resident benefiting from repatriation flight will observe a compulsory 14-day home quarantine.
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2020-04-05 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
On 5 and 6 April, Etihad and Emirates respectively will commence a limited number of flights to a restricted number of destinations, operating to repatriate UAE nationals and fly foreign nationals back to their home countries. Etihad is offering flights to Amsterdam (Netherlands), Jakarta (Indonesia), Manila (Philippines), Melbourne (Australia), Seoul (South Korea) and Singapore, while Emirates is flying to Brussels (Belgium), Frankfurt (Germany), London (UK), Paris (France) and Zurich (Switzerland).
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2020-04-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Only one person per household is permitted to visit supermarkets at one time;
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2020-04-04 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Some roads and public facilities will be closed during the programme (until 18. april). Public transport including metro services will be suspended during the programme but taxis and app based ride sharing service will remain available.
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2020-04-04 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
in Dubai, "national sanitation programme" extended until at least 18. april 2020
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2020-04-02 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
suspended entry of valid visa holders who are currently outside the UAE. This includes holders of valid resident visas. The UAE has also suspended the issuance of new visas, including visas on arrival, and transit visas. The suspensions will remain in place until April 16 but may be extended by the UAE government. The UAE government recommends that residents currently outside the UAE contact the nearest UAE diplomatic mission for assistance and information. Diplomats are exempt from the visa suspensions but may face added procedures for entry. Expatriates already inside the UAE on resident or visit visas should consult with relevant local authorities on extending their visas, if necessary.
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2020-03-30 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Residency visas and Emirates ID to be automatically extended for three months for free (only for those whose visa and ID expired from 1 March).
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2020-03-29 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
individuals are required to wear masks and gloves and observe social distancing when in public. Infractions are punishable via legal action.
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2020-03-26 In Lockdown: Partial lockdown
national sanitation programme declared effective for 24 hours a day until 4 April. Individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes during the cleaning and disinfection programme, except for essential purposes or if they work in a vital sector.
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2020-03-25 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Dubai-based airline Emirates announced on 22 March that it would be suspending all commercial passenger flights from 25 March due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. However, it reversed its decision hours later and passenger flights to the following destinations will still be operating: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK and the US.
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2020-03-24 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Federal Law No. 14 of 2014 on Communicable Diseases. imprisonment and/or a fine of not less than Dh10,000 and not more than Dh50,000, those infected who travel to any place other than a health establishment without approval of the ministry or health agency. The same penalty applies to anyone who fails to go to the ministry or health agency for treatment, counselling, awareness of the risks of infection and ways of transmission when he is known to have a communicable disease. Anyone who does not comply with preventive measures, implementprescriptions and abide by the instructions given to them, in order to prevent the transmission of infection to others. Any person who knows that they are suffering from a communicable disease is punishable by a minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of not less than Dh50,000 and not more than Dh100,000 dirhams, if they deliberately transmit the disease. Repeated violations result in lengthier sentences.
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2020-03-23 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All non-essentials
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2020-03-21 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
nationals from GCC states will be allowed to enter the UAE. However, they will be screened by the relevant authorities at the port of entries.
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2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Suspend entry for ALL visa holders - including those holding tourist, business and residency visas - until at least 2 April. During this time, UAE citizens will be barred from travelling internationally. UAE residents may travel abroad, but will be denied entry until the ban is lifted. The authorities have also added that the entry ban may be extended beyond 2 April.
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
14 day Quarantine for all enetering
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2020-03-18 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Itlay (except rome) Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, China (excludes Beijing), Syria and Turkey
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
persecuted and subject to imprisonment.
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
flights to and from Iran and China are suspended, some exeptions for flights to and from Beijing; as of 17 March also all flights from and to Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iraq will be extended
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2020-03-17 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
suspension of visa issuance starting March 17
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
suspension of wedding venues, fitness clubs, cinemas and other public establishment from 16 to 31 March
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2020-03-08 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
schools will be closed for 4 weeks
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2020-03-08 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
health sreenings for all passengers arriving
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2020-03-08 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Introduction of quarantine policiesfor guests in several hotels after detection of a coronavirus infection
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2020-01-23 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
passengers arriving from China will undergo health screening
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2020-01-02 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
entry ban for travellers from Iran (no government confirmation available but reported in media)
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