UAE bans travel for citizens without booster vaccine.
Citizens of the United Arab Emirates will not be allowed to leave the country unless they have received a booster shot against the coronavirus, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
The policy, which comes into force on January 10, would not apply to those who are medically exempt from receiving the vaccine anyway.
“Ban on Travel on UAE citizens unvaccinated with #Covid19 vaccine, starting Jan 10, 2022, with a requirement to obtain the booster dose for the fully vaccinated,” the official handle of NCEMA posted on Twitter.
“With an exemption for medically exempted from taking the vaccine, humanitarian & treatment cases,” it concluded.
The measure applies only to UAE citizens, so it won’t affect the country’s large population of expatriates.
More than 90% of the population in the UAE has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, whilst approximately 34% had received the booster jab as of Christmas Day.
Studies have found that a booster shot offers better protection against the heavily-mutated Omicron variant, which has been spreading rapidly in Europe and the US.
New coronavirus cases have risen sharply in the UAE in recent days, spiking from about 55 daily at the beginning of December to more than 2,250 as of Sunday.