Some visitors arriving in the UAE on a temporary visa can be eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccines
23 May 2021| Last updated on 26 May 2021
The vaccine can be given to select non-UAE residents above the age of 16.
Some non-resident visitors in the UAE who have entered the country on a temporary visit visa now have access to coronavirus vaccines from the nationwide immunization drive.
For now, the move only applies to visitors from China, making them the first tourists to be eligible to get Covid-19 vaccines in the UAE. There has been no mention of the vaccine being available for tourists from other countries as of yet.
The decision went into effect this week following a meeting earlier in March between Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and Wang Yi, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister.
"I'm a tourist in the UAE, can I receive the vaccine?"
Tourists can receive a Covid vaccine in the UAE if you meet the following requirements:
- Be a Chinese national with a short-term UAE visit visa.
- Must not be a UAE resident.
- Must be at least 16 years old.
Visitors who are eligible will be provided with two doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which was among the first vaccines available in the country to the public.
Chinese tourists in the UAE can visit the Chinese embassy and the consulate-general in Dubai for more details.