UAE suspends entry of GCC citizens from midnight

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 21 March 2020: Further to its earlier statement yesterday on updating the entry procedures for GCC nationals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement suspending entry of GCC citizens, starting midnight last night (March 20th), until a pre-check mechanism involving Covid-19 is approved.

The earlier announcement said GCC nationals wishing to enter the UAE should undergo Covid-19 medical test and place themselves under house quarantine for 14 days.

Those who do not have their own residences in the UAE will be quarantined at designated places by the relevant authorities.

The new decision was to come into effect at 10 am local UAE time on Saturday, 21st March, and was to continue until further notice. This is part of precautionary and preventive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The ministry also stated, “the quarantine procedures are set to protect the health of GCC nationals.”