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Vaccine Passport: Abu Dhabi adopts ‘green pass’, restricts consumers’ entry into public spaces

*The United Arab Emirates is introducing a ‘green pass’ system on the government’s health app to indicate vaccination status and PCR test validity to limit people’s entry into public venues with effect from June 15, 2021

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In apparent adoption of the ‘Vaccine Passport’ concept to indicate vaccination status of individuals, oil-rich Abu Dhabi will limit entry to public venues, including malls and beaches to consumers who are vaccinated, or have tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as cases start to inch higher in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The rules will be based on a “green pass” system on the government’s health app, which will use a colour-coded system to indicate vaccination status and PCR test validity, reports the state-run WAM news agency.

In view of the development, it was gathered the Ministry of Health and Prevention has approved the protocol for green pass on Alhosn app in order to ease restrictions and enhance safe movement and tourism in the Arabian country.

This measure has also allowed Federal and local authorities to determine the app usage to ensure a safe and healthy environment, as noted at Al Hosn App (@AlHosnApp) June 7, 2021.

The new rules in oil-rich Abu Dhabi will be effective June 15, 2021, for venues, including malls and large supermarkets, gyms, hotels, public parks and beaches, as well as restaurants and cafes.

Neighboring Dubai in May began trialling the resumption of entertainment and sporting events for people who have been vaccinated, agency report stated.

The UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has one of the highest inoculation rates globally.

However, COVID-19 cases have risen over the past month as the economy fully reopens and amid higher tourist arrivals, report said.

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