UAE announces mandatory PCR test for all airport arrivals
- 24 July 2020
The UAE has announced that COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving via the country's airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement, which has 96 hours of validity from the date of testing. The decision will come into effect on August 1, UAE Embassy to Azerbaijan told APA.
The decision to require PCR tests for all passengers reflects the UAE’s determination to establish safe and responsible travel measures, which will protect both passengers and the aviation industry for the duration of the pandemic. These measures have been introduced following extensive consultations between industry leaders, governments, and health authorities. Although not all risks can be avoided, these measures are designed to mitigate risks as much as scientifically possible.
As a leading transport hub, the UAE is determined to play its part in restoring safe global travel and connectivity. With one of the world’s highest testing rates, a low caseload, and stringent health protocols in place, the UAE is one of the safest countries in the world to visit.