The United Arab Emirates has allowed international travel to the jabbed and boost only. Starting January 10, unvaccinated UAE citizens will be banned from travelling abroad, according to local media, citing the country’s crisis management agencies. Only the fully-vaxxed and boosted will be permitted to leave. On Saturday, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced the decision in partnership with the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.
Exemptions can be made for those unable to take the shot for medical reasons, as well as “humanitarian cases” and travellers seeking medical treatment abroad. The nation is far from the first to restrict travel based on vaccination status, though most countries that have done so have framed their regulations in terms of barring the unvaccinated from entering their countries, rather than prohibiting them from leaving.