The United Arab Emirates has become the latest country to announce fresh curbs as the number of coronavirus cases across the world witnessed a surge. The Arab nation has implemented a travel ban on its citizens, who are still unvaccinated against the virus. The ban will come into effect from January 10. By Karan Kaushik
According to a news report published in the Hindustan Times, those citizens who have received vaccination will have to get a booster dose if they want to travel. The COVID protocol has been decided by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) of the UAE.
Here’s everything you need to know about UAE’s latest travel ban
Only those citizens, who have been medically exempted from getting vaccinated or will be travelling for medical and treatment purposes, will be permitted to travel.
The NCEMA took to its official Twitter handle to inform citizens about the decision. “Ban on Travel on UAE citizens unvaccinated with #Covid19 vaccine, starting Jan 10, 2022, with a requirement to obtain the booster dose for the fully vaccinated,” it tweeted. “With an exemption for medically exempted from taking the vaccine, humanitarian & treatment cases,” it added.
#NCEMA and @MoFAICUAE: Ban on Travel on UAE citizens unvaccinated with #Covid19 vaccine, starting Jan 10, 2022, with a requirement to obtain the booster dose for the fully vaccinated. With an exemption for medically exempted from taking the vaccine, humanitarian & treatment cases pic.twitter.com/zUw1FoSLBt
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) January 1, 2022
The travel ban comes at a time when there has been a steep and sudden rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the United States and Europe. Most of the cases being reported are of patients who have been hit by the Omicron variant of the virus. Over the last few days, fliers across the world have had to go through trouble after thousands of flights have been delayed.
As far as the COVID-19 stats in UAE are concerned, the nation has recorded as many as 2,566 fresh cases, taking the total number of infections to 764,493. The death toll stands at 2,165. UAE has successfully managed to fully vaccinate more than 90 percent of its population. The country has also given booster jabs to 34 percent of its population till December 24, according to World in Data.