Advisory to Zambians Travelling to United Arab Emirates

The Consulate of the Republic of Zambia in Dubai advises all Zambians intending to travel to the United Arab Emirates of the new tightened measures announced to combat Covid-19, by Diramakini Reporter.

With the number of Covid-19 cases in the country hitting a record high last week Authorities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have issued multiple new measures to protect residents and tourists from the coronavirus.

Abu Dhabi

Musonda Chellae, Second Secretary Accounts Consulate of the Republic of Zambia, Dubai said, with effect from 17th January, 2021 a person needs to enter the emirate of Abu Dhabi within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result instead of 72 hours, which was in place from 24th December, 2020. 

An individual needs to take mandatory PCR tests on day four of entry for those staying for four days or more, and on day eight of entry wfor those staying for eight days or more. People who are fully vaccinated or volunteers of the Phase 3 clinical trials are exempted from these rules.

The day of entry into Abu Dhabi is counted as day one. Since December 24, a person entering Abu Dhabi had to take only one additional PCR test on the sixth day.

Dubai

The authorities in Dubai have issued a new circular indicating that all hotels and restaurants in the emirate must cease entertainment activities. The suspension came into effect on 21st January, 2021 and will continue until further notice.

Only first-degree relatives shall be allowed for events at homes and hotels to a maximum of 10 guests.

Tables at restaurants in Dubai will be set up three metres apart – up from the previous two metres. 

Additionally, the number of people allowed to sit on a table has been capped at seven – reduced from ten earlier.

The Dubai Government has also issued a notice for hospitals to cancel all non-essential surgeries for one month. The decision applies to elective therapeutic surgeries that require deep sedation or general anesthesia. Elective surgeries that are medical emergencies are permitted.

The fresh directives will ensure more social distancing at private gatherings, weddings, eateries, gyms and hospitals across the emirate.

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