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The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, has updated the home quarantine guidelines for arriving travellers and those in contact with a positive case, to protect the health and safety of all.

Those vaccinated must quarantine for seven days and take a PCR test on day 6. If the PCR test result is negative, they can remove the wristband on day 7. Those in quarantine in the emirate are provided with a medically approved wristband for the duration of quarantine, after clearing immigration at airport.

Those who are not vaccinated must quarantine for 12 days and take a PCR test on day 11. If the PCR test result is negative, they can remove the wristband on day 12.

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Vaccinated as well as unvaccinated passengers coming from green countries do not need to quarantine themselves. However, the former will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on Day 6, and the latter on days 6 and 12 from arrival. Vaccinated people coming from other countries must quarantine themselves for 5 days. Additionally, they will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 4 from arrival. This will be 10 days quarantine and test on arrival and day 8 for the unvaccinated.

The above rules apply to those who received their second dose of the vaccine at least 28 days prior to the day of travel. Information about the vaccine must be documented on the Al Hosn app.

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Green countries presently are Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brunei, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greenland, Hong Kong (SAR), Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States of America and Uzbekistan. This is the updated list from June 24 onwards.

There are travel corridors with Bahrain, Greece, Serbia and Seychelles for fully vaccinated UAE passengers.

Those in contact and registered in the home quarantine programme can conduct a free walk-in PCR test and remove the wristband at COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centres at Zayed Port, Mafraq Hospital and ADNEC (Abu Dhabi City), Al Ain Convention Centre, Al Khubiaisi, and Madinat Zayed in Al Dhafra, as well as all SEHA hospitals in Al Dhafra.

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Those violating home quarantine will be slapped a fine of AED 50,000.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has suspended flights from UAE owing to the detection of virus variant in the latter country. Etihad and Emirates, the national carriers, suspended flights as a result with effect from July 4.