Failure to follow the rules of social isolation, implemented to combat covid-19, in United Arab Emirates it doesn’t usually come cheap. Some violations can earn fines of 50 thousand dirhams (about R$ 75,000 in today’s exchange rate), such as refusing to follow medical guidelines such as hospitalization or treatment for the disease.
A fine of the same amount is imposed on people who have tested positive for covid-19 and refuse to undergo a quarantine for up to two weeks, at home or in a hotel. This is also true for tourists.
Upon arriving in the United Arab Emirates, for example, Brazilians need to take a PCR test to detect covid-19. Until you get the result, which usually takes a few hours, it’s important to stay inside your hotel room.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, authorities in the UAE have resorted to fines and even arrests to ensure that preventive measures are followed. “Here, the quarantine is for real,” says Brazilian Natalia Arreguy, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates for 16 years.
With a population of around 10 million people, the UAE has already applied more than 20 million doses of vaccine against covid-19. More than 80% of the population has already been immunized. On average, the country conducts 364,000 tests a day. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 737,000 cases and 2,104 deaths have been registered, according to the country’s National Authority for Crisis and Disaster Management.