Covid-19: UAE issues new rules for entry to all federal government departments
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Covid-19: UAE issues new rules for entry to all federal government departments

Covid-19: UAE issues new rules for entry to all federal government departments

Beginning August 1, those who are not vaccinated must furnish a negative PCR test result taken within the previous 48 hours

Abu Dhabi Federal government

Beginning August 1, visitors and customers who are not vaccinated against the virus must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test in order to be permitted entry to any federal government department or ministry across the country.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) tweeted on Thursday to confirm that the test must be taken a maximum of 48 hours prior to the visit.

Only those who have been fully vaccinated (received both doses of the vaccine) will be exempt from the rule.

Others who are not eligible to receive the vaccine must also furnish a negative test result.

The FAHR said the new directive is applicable to customers, visitors, employees of outsourcing or services companies, or any person other than employees of the federal departments. It is not applicable  to those under the age of 16.

The test results must be displayed through the Alhosn app.

All exceptions granted to UAE federal government employees, including the permission to work from home due to emergency conditions of Covid-19 pandemic, were cancelled as of Sunday, May 16.

Read: UAE: All federal government employees to return to work

At the time, the FAHR said that unvaccinated employees will be required to undergo weekly mandatory PCR testing.

Unvaccinated government employees must pay for tests themselves, unless they present a medical report exempting them from taking the vaccine owing to an illness or a health condition. 

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