Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday announced new travel rules and made booster shots mandatory to enter the emirate.
This comes amid the massive spike in the Covid-19 cases worldwide and the new highly transmissible variant Omicron, the UAE is witnessing a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.
In the official statement, the Abu Dhabi government also said that one must have tested ‘negative’ for the coronavirus within the last two weeks to maintain their ‘green’ status within the emirate.
Abu Dhabi New Travel Rules
The government’s health app had earlier this week said that people entering the capital city of the UAE must possess a ‘green pass’, confirming their vaccination status.
This app has now been updated to include the booster shot to attain the ‘green status’.
As per the new updates on the app visitors are no longer considered fully vaccinated unless they have received a booster at least six months after their second dose.
Those wishing to enter Abu Dhabi also must have have tested negative for the virus within the last two weeks to maintain their “green” status.
The emirate has taken a stricter approach to the virus than neighboring Dubai, the freewheeling tourism-dependent hub.
Abu Dhabi requires that residents show their green pass before entering public places or government buildings.
The UAE boasts among the world’s highest vaccination rates per capita. The country has fully vaccinated more than 90% of its population, health authorities have said.
Although infections had plummeted in December, cases recently have skyrocketed to heights unseen in months.