UAE: Negative PCR result for new academic year mandatory


Students above the age of 12 as well as teaching and administrative staff and service providers are required to provide a negative PCR test result taken with 96 hours on the first day of school, authorities have announced.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) has announced updated protocols for educational establishments for the academic year 2022-23. As many as one million students and 65,000 educational staff will return to commence the new year on August 29.

Wearing face masks is mandatory inside closed areas, while students and personnel who are infected with Covid-19 or those suffering from respiratory symptoms are allowed to opt for e-learning and remote working options.

According to the protocols, all students are allowed to attend classes, including those who are unvaccinated for medical reasons or with medical exemption. For unvaccinated students due to medical reasons/exemptions who wish to access university campuses, a PCR test and adherence to the Green Pass system will suffice.

Social distancing inside educational facilities has been decommissioned and is left to the discretion of each facility, including inside buses. Temperature checks to screen for the Covid-19 infection of students and employees has been shelved as well. However, those that have a high temperature must avoid attending classes, obtain sick leave and offer a negative PCR test result.

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