Towers and hotels on Shaikh Zayad Road. Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The UAE on Friday issued a decision banning the entry of GCC nationals until a pre-examination mechanism for COVID-19 is approved.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation suspended the entry of GCC citizens effective midnight.

Earlier Friday, the ministry issued a decision updating the entry procedures for the GCC citizens into the country, effective Saturday 10am and to remain in force until further notice.

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Those who are entering UAE after 10am on Staruday should undergo screening upon arrival, and adhere to home quarantine for a period of 14 days for those who own a residence in the country.

For those who do not own a residence, quarantine shall be enforced for a period of 14 days, as decided by the competent authorities.