Country bans unvaccinated from leaving it — Analysis

Travel to the United Arab Emirates is now permitted.

Unvaccinated UAE citizens will be banned from traveling abroad starting January 10, according to local media, citing the country’s crisis management agencies. Only those who have been fully vaxxed or boosted are allowed to go.

On Saturday, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation made the announcement in partnership with National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.

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Exemptions can be made for those unable to take the shot for medical reasons, as well as “Cases involving humanitarian aid” and travelers seeking medical treatment abroad, the agencies said.

While the country isn’t the only one to limit travel based upon vaccination status it is not the first. Most countries that have made such restrictions have made their laws in favor of allowing those who are not vaccinated into their borders, and not prohibiting them from doing so.

The question of what it means to be ‘fully vaccinated’ against Covid-19 has been a sticking point for governments trying to adopt a coherent set of regulations, given that nations like Israel have made booster shots mandatory, stripping those citizens previously considered fully jabbed of their vaccine passports, and leaving other countries in a state of flux as they are forced to depend on the whims of foreign governments to draft their own laws.

The UAE reported 2,556 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number to 764,493, and recorded one death attributed to “Covid-19 complications.” A total of 2,165 people have died with the virus in the country since the start of the pandemic, while 745,963 have recovered.

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