The new quarantine rules will see some cases reduced to 10 days…

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has amended its guidelines for quarantine in some Covid-19 cases, as well as close contact cases.

If you’ve tested positive for Covid-19 in Dubai, but have not developed any symptoms since testing, you will now have to quarantine for 10 days, instead of the original 14 days.

Similarly, if you have recovered from a mild Covid-19 case, which did not require any fever-reducing medication, your isolation time is also reduced.

The DHA said that this reduction in quarantine time is based on global research, which shows that the majority of contact cases become infected within 10 days of exposure.

Quarantine for close contacts of Covid-19 cases in Dubai

If you have come into contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in Dubai, but have not developed any symptoms, you are now required to self-isolate for 10 days, starting from the date of exposure.

Up until now, close contacts had been told to isolate for 14 days.

Getting tested for Covid-19

If you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms, you can take a PCR test in Dubai at Seha testing centres for Dhs85. To find your nearest Seha testing centre for PCR tests in the UAE, visit:

You can also undergo a DPI test in Dubai at Mina Rashid and Al Khawaneej, and the new drive-through DPI Centre at Ghantoot. The cost of the DPI test is Dhs50.

Where to get the Covid-19 vaccine in Dubai

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines are now being rolled out in Dubai. Both vaccines are free for citizens and residents of Dubai.

Priority is currently being given to frontline workers and people aged 60 and above. The UAE hopes to have vaccinated 50 per cent of the population during the first quarter of the year. To see if you meet the criteria and to make an appointment, call the Dubai Health Authority hotline on 800 342.

You can get the Covid-19 vaccine in Dubai at:

  • Zabeel Primary Health Care Centre
  • Al Mizhar Primary Health Care Centre
  • Nad Al Hamr Primary Health Care Centre
  • Barsha Primary Health Care Centre
  • Uptown Mirdif Medical Fitness Centre
  • Hatta Hospital

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