Some Good News: The UAE Just Lifted Travel Restrictions

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COVID-19 reached catastrophic levels in the month of March. With a pandemic threatening close gatherings of people, many countries – including the UAE – were forced to close their borders, effectively bringing travel to an abrupt halt. With daily coronavirus infections plummeting in numbers, and a corresponding rise in recoveries, the UAE has revoked many restrictions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management (NCEMA) made a joint announcement on Monday stating that citizens and residents will be allowed to travel overseas (to select destinations) starting from June 23.

The decision comes after a thorough evaluation of the safety measures currently in place. The UAE will facilitate travel while maintaining all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. As flights resume, travelers will be required to follow new guidelines and procedures, which are to be announced shortly. All travelers will be required to adhere to the safety guidelines throughout the duration of their travel.

With this announcement, you’re no longer stuck living vicariously through the wanderlust of others. The only question remains: where will you go next?

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