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Dubai: The Emergency, Crisis, and Disaster Management Committee in Sharjah announced on Wednesday a set of rules for passengers flying through the Sharjah International Airport. The guidelines are in line with the authority's efforts to preserve public health and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Following the opening of airports to international and UAE-based airlines, Sharjah airport requires all of its passengers to have a negative PCR test certificate taken not more than 96 hours [4 days] prior to arrival or departure. However, passengers flying to Sharjah do not need to have prior approval. Abu Dhabi also does not require an approval.

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In Dubai, GDRFA approval is mandatory for returning residents and visitors. In all cases, a negative PCR test result not older than 96 hours is mandatory. Passengers may also be required to redo the test on landing in the country.

All visitors welcome

With Sharjah opening up to all sectors for business visitors, tourists and visitors from all countries are now permitted to travel to the emirate given necessary requirements for entry. All travellers must have an international health insurance and a negative PCR test report conducted not more than four days before their date of travel. They will have to show these at the time of entry. They will have to undergo another PCR test upon arrival.

The visitors will also have to fill a health disclosure and hand it over to the competent authorities at the port. They will have to self-quarantine at their hotel or place of residence until the results of the PCR test arrive.

Travel abroad

All UAE citizens and residents are allowed to travel abroad through Sharjah while observing the travel guidelines and procedures of the respective countries. They will have to undergo a PCR test, not earlier than 96 hours before the date of travel to the destinations that require it. They will have to have international health insurance when travelling abroad and undergo PCR test upon arrival/return at Sharjah.