The UAE’s COVID immunization program has made outstanding results. Sinopharm, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Sputnik vaccines have been used to fully vaccinate a large part of the country’s population. Those who have been vaccinated are now keen to obtain their Covid vaccine certificate as a natural next step.
What is the COVID vaccine certificate?
The COVID vaccination certificate/card certifies that you have received one or both doses of any vaccine that has been licensed in the country.
The certificate shows whether you have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine dosage or are completely vaccinated, which means you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have finished 28 days following the second dose.
It also reveals which vaccines were administered, when, and at which immunization center.
How to get the vaccination certificate in the UAE?
You will get the vaccination certificate in UAE through the Al Hosn app. The Al Hosn app, which will serve as the UAE’s national COVID vaccine registry, now allows Emiratis to download their immunization card.
You may also use the app to download and send official immunization reports in PDF format through email or text message. On official letterheads, the information is given in both English and Arabic.
The Al Hosn app is available on Google Play and the Apple Store.
Those who have received vaccination injections at a Dubai Health Authority health clinic can download the DHA app and check in using their MRN number. Then follow the same steps to download the certificate by clicking on the Covid-19 immunization card.
Benefits for UAE citizens
Covid vaccine certificate is going to become irreplaceable for travel or admission as many social and public venues around the UAE implement laws and limitations on unvaccinated individuals.
On June 28, the emirate declared that, from August 20, 2021, only vaccinated persons would be allowed to enter specific public areas. Unvaccinated people will only be permitted if they have a vaccine exemption that has been approved and recorded on the AlHosn app, or if they are under the age of 15.
Shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, and other retail outlets (except pharmacies and supermarkets) are covered in the first phase, as are gyms, recreational facilities, and sporting activities, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centers, and theme parks, as well as universities, institutes, public and private schools, and children’s nurseries.
Furthermore, if you come into touch with a COVID-19 patient, vaccinated Emiratis only need to stay at home for 5 days, but unvaccinated individuals must stay at home for 10 days.
School only for vaccinated students
Beginning August 20, children aged 16 and up must be properly vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend Abu Dhabi schools.
According to the regulations, all students aged 16 and above, as well as employees and guests, must be properly vaccinated with a UAE-approved vaccination before entering the school, whether during or after school hours. According to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, immunizations must be confirmed via the Alhosn app before returning to school at the start of the academic year (ADEK).
The decision does not apply to people who are unvaccinated due to a medical exemption, nor to minors under the age of 15, according to the media office.
Immunization exemptions for students and school personnel can be confirmed via the Alhosn app or by an official letter from a Department of Health-Abu Dhabi licensed vaccination providers like SEHA or Mubadala Health.
Students who will turn 16 when schools reopen and desire to continue face-to-face learning must obtain their first dose of a UAE-approved vaccination within four weeks of their birthday, with confirmation shown on their Alhosn app.
Covid Vaccine Certificate for travel
Unvaccinated people may face stringent movement restrictions, according to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA). Covid vaccine certificate will become indispensable in the future years if you want to travel overseas without having to go through testing and quarantine.
Many airlines, cruise ships, resorts, and tourist locations have already begun requiring visitors to produce proof of vaccination, and your vaccination certificate will be the last document that allows you to enter these establishments.
Freedom of movement
The government of Abu Dhabi has launched a campaign to encourage individuals to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by granting exemptions to those who have already been inoculated. If you got the vaccine as part of a national immunization program, the letter ‘E’ will appear in the Al Hosn app when you complete a PCR test 28 days following your second dose.
COVID-19 PCR testing must be repeated every seven days for all vaccination recipients. As long as they do so and remain COVID-19 negative, the letter ‘E’ or a gold star will appear on the Al Hosn app, and they will be eligible for exceptional exemptions like unfettered mobility within the UAE without additional tests. When entering Abu Dhabi, you are permitted to utilize all emergency vehicle lanes to ensure smooth travel.
The Al Hosn app now includes a new key feature in the shape of a color-coded system for indicating immunization status and validity. This follows the government’s recent statement that only vaccinated people would be allowed to attend live events.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi has also recently approved the use of the Al Hosn app’s green pass as a requirement for entrance into a variety of public places. Shopping malls, hotels, public parks, and beaches, as well as entertainment facilities such as theatres, museums, restaurants, and cafés, will all be accessible with the green pass.
Several nations across the world have opened their borders to fully vaccinated visitors, even letting them skip quarantine.
The United Arab Emirates and Serbia have agreed to establish a quarantine-free transit corridor for properly vaccinated individuals. Those possessing Covid vaccine certificate granted by health authorities in the two nations as of May 15 will be able to travel without having to comply with health quarantine procedures upon arrival. Citizens and expatriate residents who want to take advantage of the quarantine exemption must produce proof that they have had the last Covid-19 vaccination injection.
To facilitate travel between the UAE and Greece, a comparable safe travel lane was created for fully vaccinated travelers. Passengers with valid vaccination certificates given by health officials will be able to travel between the UAE and Greece starting May 18 without having to go through quarantine.
Similarly, the Seychelles and Bahrain have created travel corridors with the United Arab Emirates allowing quarantine-free transit for vaccinated travelers.
Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are discussing the establishment of a bilateral vaccination bubble that will allow persons who have received the COVID-19 vaccine to travel freely between the two nations. There have been no dates or timelines released as of yet.
Starting in July, fully vaccinated nationals and residents of the UAE with a valid Schengen visa (if required) will be able to travel to Austria without being quarantined. Iceland, Andorra, France, Italy, and other European nations have opened their borders to vaccinated UAE visitors. The entire list of European countries available to Emirati travelers with a vaccination certificate may be seen here.
Entry for vaccinated returnees from banned countries
Non-Emirati stranded people with Dubai residence permits from specifically prohibited clusters are now eligible to return to Dubai if they can acquire both GDRFA and ICA approvals in accordance with the new laws. Those with other types of residence permits just need to get permission from the ICA.
What does the Al Hosn app do?
If you’ve been in close vicinity to persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have had contact with those infected with COVID-19, the Al Hosn app can identify it. It determines this via short-distance Bluetooth signals, using the app on your phone and applications on other users’ phones or mobile devices. Both phones then exchange anonymized IDs, which are kept on your phone in encrypted form. Health authorities may rapidly identify and contact persons at risk of infection using the anonymized IDs kept in the system, allowing them to be retested if necessary. The software is encrypted for security reasons, and the data is only stored on the user’s phone.
Every user who installs the Al Hosn app will receive a unique QR code that will be updated on a regular basis. The QR code includes health-related information for the user.
Al Hosn keeps track of the results of all your COVID-19 tests in the UAE as the official portal for COVID-19 data. Even though COVID-19 screening results will be sent to you through SMS, the Al Hosn record is now regarded as a definitive proof for official reasons.
Proof of vaccination: Under its enlarged function, proof of vaccination on Al Hosn is officially accepted if you want to prove that you have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine dosage or are completely vaccinated, i.e., received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and finished 28 days following the second dose.
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