The UAE has said that all employees and the public seeking to access federal government departments will need to have the green status on their Al Hosn app starting from Monday, January 3.
The ruling will be applicable across the country, official news agency WAM reported.
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said the decision was taken as part of efforts made at the country level to ensure public safety.
To maintain the green status, individuals must have received two doses of UAE-approved Covid-19 vaccines and booster shots. A negative PCR test is also needed every 14 days to maintain the green status in Al Hosn app.
Meanwhile those who are exempted from vaccination will need to take a PCR test every seven days in order to make sure their green status is active on the app.
Children aged under 16 will not be required to undergo any Covid tests.
MoHAP stressed that unvaccinated individuals and those with ‘grey status’ on the Al Hosn app will not be allowed access to federal government entities.
The ministry also stressed the importance of taking the booster shots in order to ensure the acquired community immunity against the backdrop of the emergence of new Covid-19 variants.
الهيئة الوطنية لإدارة #الطوارئ_والأزمات والكوارث ووزارة الصحة ووقاية المجتمع: اعتماد تطبيق نظام المرور الأخضر لدخول جميع الجهات الحكومية الاتحادية للموظفين والمراجعين في كافة إمارات الدولة والتي ستقتصر على المطعمين وأصحاب الفئات المستثناة من التطعيم، وذلك ابتداءً من 3 يناير 2022. pic.twitter.com/Hvdsbc5Qs0
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) December 19, 2021
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