UAE citizens can travel to ‘low-risk’ countries from Tuesday

Chairs at the Passports Department are set up to adhere to social distancing as civil servants return to work following the easing of restrictions in Dubai on 16 June, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 18 June 2020

UAE citizens can travel to ‘low-risk’ countries from Tuesday

  • Prospective travelers must test negative for COVID-19 and must quarantine on their return to the UAE for up to 14 days

CAIRO: The United Arab Emirates said citizens and residents will be allowed to travel to countries deemed low-risk for catching the coronavirus from next Tuesday.
Prospective travelers must test negative for COVID-19 and must quarantine on their return to the UAE for up to 14 days, Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, told reporters.

Airport authorities will check travelers for symptoms. Those with a fever or showing respiratory problems will be isolated and barred from travel, he said.
Dhaheri did not give a list of countries for each risk category, but said all travel to high-risk countries would remain banned.
Travel to medium-risk countries would be allowed on a case-by-case basis, for people seeking health treatment, visiting immediate family or those on military, diplomatic or official business.


11 people drowned at rocky beach in northern Egypt

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11 people drowned at rocky beach in northern Egypt

  • Emergency teams were still searching for five bodies late into Friday.
  • Every year the beach sees a rash of drownings caused by strong currents and foamy water.

CAIRO:Eleven people drowned off the coast of northern Egypt, local authorities said Friday, at a beach known for its rocky jetty and fast-moving waters.
The tragedy unfolded at a beach in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, when a young boy ran into the sea and began having difficulties, said the city’s central tourism administration.
When a man from the group jumped in to rescue him, he became caught in the waters, too. Nine other people then entered the water to help, and they all died, said Maj. Gen. Jamal Rashad. It was not immediately clear if they were related.
Emergency teams recovered six bodies and were still searching for the rest late Friday.
The waters off Alexandria are popular in the summer, but beaches are currently closed and lifeguards off duty due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group went to the shore at dawn to avoid being caught by police, who try to disperse crowds and enforce antivirus restrictions at beaches in the area, authorities said.
Palm Beach has long been known for its deadly waters, local media reported. Every year it sees a rash of drownings due to its strong currents, foamy waters and rocky shore. Members of parliament have repeatedly demanded that the beach be closed to the public.
As summer temperatures in Egypt reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the accident raised concerns over water safety as people seek relief from the heat despite pandemic-related restrictions.