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Coronavirus: UAE implements 14-day quarantine rule for all visitors

New rule follows an announcement that the UAE will temporarily suspend issuing all visas on arrival from Thursday

Coronavirus: UAE implements 14-day quarantine rule for all visitors

The UAE Attorney General, Hamad Al Shamsi, on Wednesday said that every person coming to the UAE must home quarantine for 14 days as the country intensified its measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Al Shamsi said anyone who breaks the home quarantine rule by leaving their place of residence and mixing with others will be in violation of the law and commiting a public order offence

He said the Public Prosecution will strictly apply the law to everyone who violates these instructions.

The new rule followed an announcement that the UAE will temporarily suspend issuing all visas on arrival from Thursday and has also banned citizens from travelling abroad.

According to a tweet by the UAE Embassy in London, there will be no visas on arrival for travellers from the UK from March 19 until further notice.

This is part of the UAE's "extra steps" to combat the spread of Covid-19, the tweet said.

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.

The country has 113 confirmed cases of the virus.

Separately, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced a temporary ban on citizens travelling abroad from Wednesday until further notice.

The ministry said that the decision comes in the interest of the state for the safety and health of its citizens in light of the rapid spread of the virus around the world.

The UAE had previously announced the suspension of all entry visas to foreigners from March 17 apart from diplomatic passport holders.

It said UAE citizens and residents are not impacted by this decision but those who enter the country may be tested on arrival and/or be required to self-isolate.

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