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In a UAE Government press briefing held last night, there were multiple announcements made covering topics ranging from ‘how effective the vaccination programme has been’ to ‘the new features of the Alhosn app’ and finally, some information from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) on ‘how people will be able to register vaccination certificates issued overseas’.

Reported on, the ICA said that as early as August 15, individuals will be able to register certificates for the approved vaccines (that’s AstraZeneca (or Covishield), Moderna, Pfizer, Sputnik and Sinopharm) via the Smart app or the

If there are any updates to the list of approved overseas vaccines, we will of course keep you updated)

Those that successfully complete the process and are able to get their certificates approved will be able to enjoy the same benefits as those that got their vaccines in the UAE.

There was also confirmation that the information will be reflected in the Alhosn app.

What are the updates to the Alhosn app?

The colour-coded statuses (Green, Grey, Red) remain.

There will be a travel information section, showing arrival date following flights, with PCR test prompts (for use in Abu Dhabi)

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