New Covid rules for visitors to govt departments, ministries

The test must have been taken within 48 hours of the visit.

From today onwards, all individuals who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 must present a negative PCR test result to visit federal government departments and ministries.

The test must have been taken within 48 hours of the visit, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) said on Thursday.

This came as the authority issued new precautionary measures for individuals visiting federal government departments and ministries in the UAE.

Taking to Twitter, the FAHR said the new directive is applicable to customers, visitors, employees of outsourcing or services companies, or any person other than employees of the authority.

From Sunday, August 1, the following rules are effective for entry:

>> Those who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine can visit.

>> If unvaccinated, visitors must have a negative PCR result for a test taken within 48 hours of the visit.

>> Those not eligible to get the vaccine must show the exemption certificate and furnish a negative PCR test result.

>> Children under the age of 16 are excluded from the application of the provisions of this circular.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country’s parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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