COVID-19: UAE issues new quarantine rules for employees

Quarantine period for unvaccinated employees will be deducted from their annual leave or considered an unpaid one if they have none left

  
Businesspeople wearing masks in the office for safety during epidemic situation. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Businesspeople wearing masks in the office for safety during epidemic situation. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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UAE - The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) has issued new quarantine guidelines for Covid-positive government employees or those who were in close contact with infected patients.

According to the guidelines, the quarantine period for unvaccinated employees will be deducted from their annual leave or considered as an unpaid one if they don’t have any left.

In a circular issued to ministries and federal entities, the FAHR said infected and close contact employees must adhere to quarantine and treatment guidelines.

Vaccinated employees

According to the circular, if the employee had close contact with a Covid-19 patient and had received two doses of the vaccine, they should undergo a quarantine period as specified by the competent health authorities. They must work remotely from home during this period.

Unvaccinated employees

For unvaccinated employees, the quarantine period will be deducted from his or her annual leave. If they don’t have any leaves left, the days spent in quarantine will be considered as unpaid leave. If required, they must work remotely from home.

PCR tests every 7 days

The FAHR reminded authorities that unvaccinated employees need to conduct a PCR test every seven days.

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