Categories, restrictions: All the facts about UAE allowing travel amid coronavirus


The UAE announced categories and restrictions for the residents and citizens who will be allowed to travel to some countries starting from June 23, as part of the government’s easing of coronavirus restrictions, a UAE official said in a press conference on Wednesday.

The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said: “Travel to select destinations will be permitted based on a classification system. The countries that citizens and residents are allowed to travel to will be based on the countries’ practices and will be in accordance to 3 categories.”

The UAE had previously announced mid-June that it will start allowing people to travel to some countries. Previously, the country had suspended on March 23 travel in and out of it.

Saif al-Dhaheri, NCEMA Spokesman, said that conditions and procedures will be put in place for those wishing to travel abroad in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and those procedures will be updated periodically based on health developments.

The world’s countries will be divided into three categories: low risk, moderate risk and high risk. The categorized list of countries is yet to be released.

UAE citizens and residents will be allowed to travel to countries among the “low risk” category, while no one is allowed to travel to countries that are deemed “high risk.”


“A limited segment of Emirati nationals will be allowed to travel to countries designated as ‘moderate risk’ in cases of emergency, for essential medical care, to visit first-degree family members, or for military, diplomatic or official missions,” al-Dhaheri said.

He said that certain travel protocols will be implemented in the UAE under the current circumstances, which are based on several pillars, including: public health, testing, pre-registration for travel, quarantine, follow-up with travelers, in addition to raising awareness of guidelines and COVID-19 precautionary measures.

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