On Friday, Dubai ‘s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced many changes in the travel protocols for the passengers arriving or departing from Dubai. The changes made aims at easing the annoyances of the passengers and freeing citizens from additional procedures without comprising on the precautionary measures to assure the safety of the passengers.
The changes in the rules have been made by following the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
What are the changes made in the protocols?
Under these instructions, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai lead by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced a new set of travel protocols during the pandemic for Emiratis, residents, tourists, and transit passengers traveling in and out of Dubai.
As per the new travel protocols, Emiratis returning to Dubai from foreign countries need not do a PCR test prior to the departure, regardless of the country they are coming from or time spent there. They only need to conduct a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.
However, all the residents and tourists are bound to conduct a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai.
Transit Passengers from some countries are also required to conduct a PCR test prior to the departure for Dubai. They will also need to conduct a pre-travel test if the destination country requires them to do so.
Emiratis, residents, and tourists traveling to other countries from Dubai are only required to undergo a PCR test if the Destination country requires a pre-travel negative certificate.
Protocols are revised to ensure safety
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said that the new travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimizing the precautionary measures based on the latest local, reginal, and International developments.
The improved protocols are the results of the recommendation of the frontline authorities who helped in combating the current Coronavirus pandemic including the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre and the Dubai’s Health Authority (DHA) and also as a result of a comprehensive assessment of the global situation. The protocols also address the travel guidelines of various different countries.
The Committee stressed the importance of implementing the new travel protocols and precautionary measures in all Dubai travel airports to ensure the safety of passengers, flight crew, and airline members.