COVID-19: Coronavirus tests for unvaccinated residents mandatory.

Only those who have completed both doses of the vaccine are exempt.

Krystien Meyers
January 20, 2021 6:47 PM

As part of government efforts to limit the spread of the virus and to preserve the health of employees and keep workplaces safe, Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced the new rule for people who work at ministries and other federal entities.

UAE government employees who have not been vaccinated must undergo a PCR test every 7 days. Only those that have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccines are exempted from the rule. Unvaccinated employees will have to pay for the PCR tests themselves unless they can present a medical report exempting them from taking the vaccine.

In case an employee is not eligible to take the vaccine, their employer will foot the cost for taking the test every seven days.

Outsourced staff

Outsourced and public services companies contracted by federal government entities must conduct a PCR test every seven days for their employees. This is mandatory for those who work on a full-time basis at government offices.

Consultants, experts

Consultants and experts who are required to attend meetings or be present at government offices must have a negative PCR test result for Covid. The test must have been taken within three days of the meeting.

Abu Dhabi entry:

For people who wish to enter Abu Dhabi, a negative PCR test result received within 48 hours is mandatory, and a PCR test is required on day four and day eight after entry.

Hospital visits

A negative PCR test is required for inpatient visits in Abu Dhabi hospitals. The result should have been issued within 24 hours of the visit.


Teachers and other staff in private schools in Sharjah should take a PCR test every 14 days.

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