UAE Bans Unvaccinated People From Leaving Country

Starting Jan. 10, the United Arab Emirates will ban people from leaving the country if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

State news agency WAM reported, citing the UAE’s foreign ministry and National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authorities, that only people who are fully vaccinated and have taken booster shots will be allowed to leave.

The agency also reported on Jan. 1 that fully vaccinated citizens would also require a booster shot to be eligible to travel.

There will be exemptions made for people who cite medical reasons, as well as people who are seeking medical treatment overseas, or who have humanitarian reasons.

Some countries around the world, such is Israel and Canada, have barred COVID-19 unvaccinated people from entering, rather than leaving.

Many countries and airlines otherwise impose restrictions on unvaccinated people, such as requiring them to test negative within 72 hours before entering.

Reuters contributed to this report.


Mimi Nguyen Ly is an assignment editor and world news reporter based in Australia. She has a background in optometry. Contact her at

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