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14 Nov 2020 | 08:44 AM UTC

UAE: Authorities to reopen border with Oman on November 16 /update 57

UAE authorities announce border with Oman set to reopen on November 16; confirm travel itineraries

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UAE authorities have announced the reopening of the land border with Oman from Monday, November 16, following a closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Omani citizens will be permitted to enter the country without prior approval of UAE authorities. Arrivals will be required to present a negative PCR from an accredited laboratory, taken less than 72-hours prior to arrival and will also be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Another test will be required if they wish to remain more than four days in the UAE.

Flight operations have resumed while the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places remains in effect. Social distancing and hygiene measures also remain in place.

As of Saturday, November 14, there have been 149,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 528 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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