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UAE suspends entry of all Gulf nationals ahead of Covid-19 pre-check

Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces suspension which took effect at midnight on Friday

UAE suspends entry of all Gulf nationals ahead of Covid-19 pre-check

The UAE has decided to suspend entry of Gulf nationals into the UAE following an earlier announcement about changing the rules of entry.

The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement suspending entry of GCC citizens, starting midnight, until a pre-check mechanism involving Covid-19 is approved.

Earlier, the ministry said GCC nationals wishing to enter the UAE must undergo a Covid-19 medical test and place themselves under house quarantine for 14 days.

It added that those who do not have their own residences in the UAE will be quarantined at designated places by the relevant authorities.

This is part of precautionary and preventive measures to contain the spread of new coronavirus, the statement said, adding that "the quarantine procedures are set to protect the health of GCC nationals".

The announcement comes as the number of Covid-19 infections in the UAE stood at 140 on Friday.

Earlier this week, the UAE temporarily suspended issuing all visas on arrival from Thursday and has also banned citizens from travelling abroad.

Citizens from around 60 countries were previously able to get visas on arrival in the UAE, where foreigners make up around 85 percent of the population.

Dubai airport is normally the world’s busiest in terms of international traffic.

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