In response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the UAE has announced that citizens who have not received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be barred from travelling abroad.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that citizens who have not received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be barred from travelling abroad due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced the latest travel guideline on Twitter, which will take effect on January 10. The ban would not apply to those who are medically exempt from receiving the vaccine, as well as humanitarian and treatment cases, according to officials.
NCEMA and @MoFAICUAE: Ban on travel for UAE citizens who have not been vaccinated with the #Covid19 vaccine, effective January 10, 2022, with a requirement for fully vaccinated citizens to obtain a booster dose. With an exemption for those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine, as well as humanitarian and treatment cases.
It’s worth noting that unvaccinated people are subjected to strict restrictions in several countries before being admitted. This differs from the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test prior to travel to the requirement of mandatory quarantine upon arrival. South Africa was the first to report the Omicron variant, which has caused havoc around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States.
A booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine has been found to provide better protection against the heavily mutated Omicron variant, according to studies. According to Our World in Data, more than 90% of the population in the United Arab Emirates has been fully vaccinated against the virus. As of December 24, around 34% of people had received the booster shot. Since the outbreak began, the UAE has reported over 750,000 coronavirus cases and over 2,000 deaths.
PM Modi’s visit to the UAE has been postponed due to the rise in Omicron.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE has been postponed due to an increase in Omicron cases. The date for the visit was set for January 6, 2022. According to sources, the visit is now likely to be rescheduled.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE in 2015, the two countries’ ties have grown stronger. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, paid a visit to India in 2016. In January 2017, he returned to India as the Republic Day chief guest. The bilateral relationship was upgraded to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ at the time.