The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced a series of conditions and measures regulating the travel of citizens and residents effective June 23rd.
• Travel will be allowed to certain destinations according to a strategy that has classified all countries of the world into three categories: the first is classified as low risk nations to which all citizens and residents are allowed to travel. The second is medium-risk nations to which only a limited category of citizens are allowed to travel to in case of emergency, namely for necessary medical reasons, visiting first-degree family members, or for military, diplomatic and official missions. The third are high-risk countries to which travel is categorically banned
• A travel protocol will be enforced under the current circumstances which will rely on a number of tenets, namely public health, medical tests, prior travel registration, quarantine, self-follow-up of traveler’s health status and awareness of the precautionary measures.
A number of mandatory prerequisites that any traveler has to abide by before departure, and upon return to the UAE. These run as follows:
1. All citizens and residents have to apply for a travel request through the Federal Authority for Citizenship and Identity’s website and register in the Twajudi service prior to travel.
2. All travelers to undergo a Covid19 test before travel as the health regulations in the country of destination may require a test result which dates back to no more than 48 hours before the travel date. The test result has to be displayed at the country’s airports via the Alhosn app. Only travelers who tested negative for the virus will be allowed to travel.
3. People aged over 70 years old will not be allowed to travel. People with chronic diseases are also advised not to travel for their safety.
4. An international medical insurance covering the country of destination is a must have for all travelers.
5. Everyone must comply with preventive measures at the airports, including wearing face masks, gloves, constant sanitization of hands and maintaining safe physical distance.
6. People with more than 37.8 C or higher temperature or those with respiratory disease symptoms will be isolated. Any persons suspected to have contracted Covid19 won’t be allowed to travel to ensure his and other’s safety.
7. Emirati and resident travelers must fill the required individual health accountability form, which includes an agreement to undergo quarantine upon return and not to go to destinations other than the ones applied to.
The mandatory provisions to be adhered to upon arriving at the country of destination and before returning to the UAE:
1. If the traveler feels unwell, they should go to the nearest health center and use their health insurance.
2. If travelers have a test for Covid19 in the country of destination and the result is positive, they should notify the UAE embassy at that destination, either through Tawajudi Service or by contacting the embassy. The UAE mission will ensure that Covid19 patients are taken care of and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention is notified.
The mandatory provisions to be adhered to upon return to the country:
1. Everyone must adhere to wearing face masks at all times upon entry.
2. All travelers must show a special form of their itinerary, in addition to the health status form, along with their identification documents.
3. Travelers must ensure they download and activate MoHAP’s ALHOSN app on their mobile phones.
4. After return, the traveler must undergo a home quarantine for 14 days after the Covid19 test, which could decrease to seven days for travelers arriving from countries with lower risk or for professionals in critical sectors.
5. Travelers with any symptoms must commit to undergo Covid19 tests in an accredited medical facility within 48 hours of entering the country.
6. If it is not possible to undergo home quarantine, the traveler must commit to self-quarantine in a facility or a hotel and pay all expenses.
Outlined additional provisions for those on study scholarships, those on medical treatment trips, members of the diplomatic missions and those on business trips, whether from public or private sectors. They should coordinate with the respective authorities.
The procedures will be updated regularly, based on new developments and the health situation on the ground.
From the 23rd of June, selected categories of UAE citizens and residents will be permitted to travel abroad to certain destinations according to appropriate precautionary and preventative measures that will be announced at a later date.
Air Arabia statement
The special flights will operate from Sharjah Airport to Cairo International Airport and Borg El Arab International Airport, Alexandria, from June 11 to 16, 2020.
Flights are available for booking on the website or by contacting Air Arabia call center on 06 5580000 or through travel agencies.
As Sharjah Airport announces its readiness and fully gearing up for the resumption of operations, we welcome the concerned Government Authorities’ decision to gradually open up and permit transit operations. This is definitely a step in the right direction that aligns with the gradual economic opening that the UAE has adopted.
The decision to resume transit flights via UAE airports is seen as a first step to be followed by further steps towards the full resumption of Air transport and tourism sectors. Towards that, we at Sharjah Airport are confident that we have taken all necessary preparatory and preventive measures to ensure smooth and safe operations at the airport, protecting the well being of our passengers and employees.
Airlines are expected to resume their operations to Sharjah Airport very quickly, as demand soars high to many destinations to Sharjah, a renowned business, economic and tourism hub
Sharjah Airport has completed all preparations to receive stranded UAE residents from abroad. The airport ensures it taking all precautionary measures in compliance with international standards, to guarantee the health and safety of travellers, customers, and employees.
His Excellency Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority said: “Along with our partners and other entities, the airport has completed all the necessary preparations to receive residents who have been stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. All organizational and operational procedures to ensure the safety of passengers and staff will be adhered to at all times.”
His Excellency added, “We are delighted to be able to help return residents to their own homes and reunite them with family and friends. We can only imagine how difficult it must have been to stay away from their loved ones. We will continue our efforts to welcome more residents and families back to the comfort and safety of their homes.”
Airport officials also held a series of meetings to discuss and implement the various safety procedures that have been set by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, to ensure health and safety at all airports in the region.
Sharjah Airport Authority continues to carry out daily precautionary cleansing procedures, which includes the implementation of continuous sterilization works across all airport facilities, aircraft, freight planes and entrance and departure areas.