Starting Saturday, from 26 February 2022, face masks become optional to wear in open spaces across all the UAE. Masks are still required in closed spaces including public places, such as malls and schools, etc. as well as maintaining a safe distance and the rest of COVID-19 guidelines.
An initial announcement was given on 1 March 2022 mentioning the same date as the start of rules relaxation of rules, however, the UAE government posted an update on Twitter mentioning the revised start date as 26 February 2022.
Moreover, those who come into contact with a positive case are no longer have to isolate. They have to take a PCR test daily for five consecutive days. In Dubai, those who had close contact with positive cases are not required to quarantine or do PCR testing unless they are experiencing any symptoms.
Among the other news, Abu Dhabi’s Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee announced that starting from Monday, 28 February 2022, Green Pass or a Negative PCR test is no longer mandatory crossing the border of UAE capital.
In addition, National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority stated that PCR tests are now on halt for fully vaccinated passengers coming to the UAE.
This decision is among the most significant easing of restrictions since April 2020.
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