Ras Al Khaimah has become the first destination globally to introduce complimentary COVID-19 PCR tests for international visitors staying at least one night.

It’s the result of a partnership between Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and RAK Hospital and applicable to overseas guests staying in and departing from RAK until December 31.

Subsidised by RAKTDA, the free tests can be taken at either RAK Hospital or at RAK Medical Centre in Al Hamra Mall.

It follows Ras Al Khaimah becoming the first city in the world to be certified as safe by Bureau Veritas, the global leader in testing, inspection and certification and the first emirate to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, due to extensive hygiene and security measures in place at its hotels and attractions.

This recognition was quickly followed by free COVID-19 PCR testing for hospitality staff across the emirate’s hotels.