UAE Exempts Face Masks, Sanitizers And Medical Equipment From VAT

In line with the UAE’s efforts to combat the novel Coronavirus, a list of medical equipment including face masks, gloves and sanitizers are exempt for value-added tax (VAT).

Coronavirus cases on the rise

There’s a second wave of Coronavirus in time for schools reopening, businesses operations gaining traction and tourists descending upon the country. The first phase saw a country-wide effort to contain the outbreak through the National Sterilization Program, mass Coronavirus testings and big venues converted into field hospitals. Cases drastically dropped from the high 800s to the low 200s, until last week, with the Ministry of Health and Prevention reporting 574 new cases.

No taxes on face masks, sanitizers and medical equipment in the UAE

In a bid to make medical equipment affordable and contain Covid-19, the latest UAE Cabinet, chaired by Emir of Dubai, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President, approved a tax exemption on personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, hand sanitizers and gloves as well as a line-up of healthcare equipment including disposable medical suits respirators for air purification and disposable goggles.

Read: UAE REPORTS ZERO CORONAVIRUS DEATHS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY THREE MONTHS

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