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UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

The government earlier announced it would ease travel restrictions to a number of countries. (File/AFP)
The government earlier announced it would ease travel restrictions to a number of countries. (File/AFP)
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16 Jul 2020 07:07:59 GMT9
16 Jul 2020 07:07:59 GMT9

Arab News

DUBAI: UAE residents who are returning from overseas must comply with quarantine rules or face a fine of $13,600, local daily Gulf News has reported.

The government earlier announced it would ease travel restrictions to a number of countries, with airlines set to resume operations by Aug. 1.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said those who are returning to the UAE “should follow federal and local guidelines for COVID-19,” including quarantine and test procedures.

Returnees coming from low-risk countries are required to isolate for seven days, while those travelling from high-risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

“All costs for quarantining and medical assistance, whether at home or in another designated facility will be at the cost of the individual primarily,” NCEMA said.

Meanwhile, individuals who wish to take a rapid coronavirus test to enter Abu Dhabi can only do so through a booking system.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said prior appointment is necessary to undergo the screening due to high demand.

Booking can be done on a dedicated website.

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