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Updated 1 June 2022

UAE travellers looking to travel overseas can now easily book their flights and hotels in a number of destinations with no on-arrival quarantine requirements. However, there remain a number of conditions and requirements that must be satisfied in order to acquire the necessary permits to travel overseas.

We perused through the list outlining all the countries opening their borders to international visitors with no restrictions in place for UAE travellers. While a negative COVID test result would be required in most cases, the following destinations do not necessitate on-arrival quarantine for UAE travellers. Please note that some of the following countries provide such relaxations only to travellers who have been fully vaccinated.

Note: The following information is accurate as of the time of writing and to the best of our knowledge, but do keep in mind that this list will almost certainly be subject to change as new developments unfold. If you are planning to travel to any of these destinations, please ensure that you are aware of the safety risks and you’ve prepared accordingly.

Europe

France

France has implemented its traffic light system categorising countries to green and orange lists.

At present, the UAE is included in France’s green list;

  • No negative test on departure is required for vaccinated travellers, These travellers must present proof of this vaccination to the transport company and to the border control authorities.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in the event of a connection), or a certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than eleven days and less than six months previously. This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test).
  • No measures (tests, isolation) are in force upon arrival in metropolitan France.

Children under 12 are exempt from these formalities.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Austria. Passengers entering Austria can travel freely to Austria with proof of vaccination or proof of recovery or a negative COVID‑19 test result.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina.You don’t need to provide your vaccination status for entry to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Bulgaria. As of May 1, 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions are lifted. Travelers arriving to Bulgaria no longer must provide COVID-19 related documents to enter the country.
  • Croatia.Travellers are no longer required to complete an online entry form before arriving in Croatia. Travellers are no longer required to show a COVID-19 vaccine certificate, proof of a negative test, or a certificate of recovery to enter Croatia.
  • Cyprus.From 18th April ’22, Cyprus no longer requires the completion of passenger locator forms (Cyprus Flight Pass) for entry into the country. Moreover, it removes country-categorisation and all travel-related COVID protocols.
  • Czech Republic. All COVID-19 entry requirements for people arriving from other countries have been lifted. Travellers will no longer be required to fill in arrival forms or produce proof of vaccination.
  • Denmark. There are no COVID-19 related requirements regarding tests or self-isolation when entering the country
  • Estonia. No tests and no isolation is required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from the UAE.
  • Georgia. There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia.
  • Hungary. All COVID-19 restrictions on entering Hungary have been lifted. Hungary does not require any COVID-19 vaccination proof, or a negative test result to enter the country, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • Iceland. There are no COVID-19 related travel restrictions for Iceland.
  • Ireland. There are no COVID-19 related travel restrictions for Ireland.
  • Italy. From June 1, all travellers, regardless of their country of origin, will no longer be required to hold a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate when reaching Italy.
  • Latvia. Currently, no high-risk countries are currently designated. Thus entry restrictions for all travellers have been lifted.
  • Liechtenstein. There is no test or quarantine requirement at present for entering Liechtenstein, and people entering do not have to fill out an entry (passenger locator) form.
  • Malta.Travel to Malta will only depend on the immunity of the person, and for this reason, a recognised valid vaccine certificate/a recognised valid COVID-19 recovery certificate/Negative PCR Test taken not more than 72 hours prior to arrival/Negative Rapid Test taken not more than 24 hours prior to arrival – will still be required for travel to Malta, with children aged 6 or younger being exempt from presenting any of the above-mentioned documents. If either of these documents are not presented upon arrival, a 10-day mandatory quarantine will apply, which is reduced to 7 days following a negative test.
  • Moldova. No COVID-19 documentation is required to enter Moldova.
  • Montenegro. You do not need to provide your vaccination status or a negative test result for entry to Montenegro.
  • Norway. No testing, quarantining, or registration is needed for entry.
  • Poland. There is no longer a requirement to demonstrate your vaccination status on arrival. Pre-departure tests are no longer required for travellers arriving from non-Schengen countries.
  • Romania. All COVID-related restrictions and requirements have been lifted.
  • Serbia. All COVID-related restrictions and requirements have been lifted.
  • Slovenia. All COVID-related restrictions and requirements have been lifted.
  • Slovakia. The country has dropped all testing, vaccine, and quarantine requirements.
  • Sweden. There are no COVID-19 related requirements regarding tests or self-isolation when entering the country
  • Switzerland. There is no test or quarantine requirement at present for entering Switzerland, and people entering do not have to fill out an entry (passenger locator) form.
  • Turkey. All incoming passengers over the age of 6 must complete a “Traveler Entry Form” at least four days before their arrival in Turkey. Children under 6 are exempt. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from testing.
  • The United Kingdom. Whether you are vaccinated or not, while entering the UK, you do not need to:
    • complete a UK passenger locator form before you travel to England from abroad
    • take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
    • quarantine when you arrive

 

Africa and the Middle East

Egypt

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Egypt is a treasure trove of historical wonders left behind by an ancient civilization. And while those looking for enlightenment will surely find Egypt mesmerizing, the country also offers visitors the splendor of the desert, the timeless beauty of the Nile and the shores of the Red Sea along with its enchanting diving opportunities.

If you’re travelling to Egypt, you will need to have a COVID‑19 vaccination certificate or a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate taken 72 hours prior to travel. Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a paper health declaration (issued by your airline or on arrival) with personal details, and may need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Bahrain. No need to present a PCR certificate before boarding a plane for passengers arriving in the kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Cape Verde. No quarantine required. It’s not mandatory to present a Covid certificate at the moment of check-in to Cape Verde. To travel between Islands, in Cabo Verde, you can present the valid COVID certificate or test you took with negative result for COVID-19. All travellers need to fill ease.gov.cv, register and pay the airport fee.
  • Djibouti. Vaccinated travellers will not be subjected to quarantine but are still required to provide a negative PCR test. The test must be taken within 72 hours of the start of the journey and 120 hours of arrival in Djibouti. On arrival you will be required to take an additional COVID-19 test at the airport for which you will pay $30. Unvaccinated travellers will be made to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Ethiopia. Vaccinated arrivals are exempt from testing. Travelers without a certificate of full vaccination must present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight. The test must be:
    • PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point
    • Rapid Antigen Test taken at most 24 hours before departure from first embarkation point
    • COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival

    Children under 12 are exempt from testing requirements.

  • Ghana. All travellers aged 18 years and over are required to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the point of embarkation and upon arrival into Ghana.There is no pre travel or on arrival testing or quarantine requirement if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Jordan. All travellers, whether vaccinated or not need not bring a negative PCR test from the country of departure. Visitors to Jordan are required to fill out this declaration form and obtain the free QR code that shall be presented upon boarding.
  • Kenya. All passengers coming to Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 96 hours before travel. All travelers will be expected to fill the travelers’ locator form and submit before travel to and thereafter submit daily health information to jitenge platform for 14 consecutive days.
  • Lebanon. Fully vaccinated passengers who have received 2nd or 3rd dose or one complete dose of vaccine (which is formed of one dose only) of any COVID-19 vaccine since a period not exceeding 6 months are exempt from testing and quarantine. Children under the age of 12 are also exempt.
  • Mauritius. Vaccinated travellers do not need to present a negative PCR test before flying to Mauritius. They will need to test on arrival in Mauritius. You can explore the island after you receive a negative result from your antigen test on day 0
  • Saudi Arabia. There is no quarantine or testing requirement for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers to Saudi Arabia.
  • Seychelles. All travellers to Seychelles must have certification of vaccination against COVID-19 and are exempt from testing and quarantine.
  • Somalia. A negative COVID-19 negative test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somalia.Fully vaccinated travellers with proof of vaccination issued by a legitimate and competent authority are exempt from this requirement.
  • Uganda. If you are fully vaccinated (and for children under the age of 6) you are now able to enter Uganda via air and land border points without showing a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate. You will be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated.

 

Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific

Maldives

The paradise Maldives is opening its borders to tourists from the UAE and the world. Travellers need not quarantine or undergo testing upon arrival. However, all individual(s) except tourists and Maldivians are recommended to undertake PCR testing between 3-5 days after arrival. Travellers who have symptoms of COVID-19 may take an antigen test.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Indonesia (Bali). Foreign travellers must show a negative RT-PCR test result in the country or region of origin which samples were taken within a maximum period of 2 x 24 hours before the departure time.  Fully vaccinated travellers need not quarantine. All unvaccinated travellers (Indonesian citizen and Foreign citizen) are required to quarantine with the following categories:
    1. ​Quarantine period 5 x 24 hours for those who have not been vaccinated or have received first dose of vaccination.
    2. Quarantine period for minor under 18 years or required exceptional protection is followed the provisions of the parents/legal guardians/travel companions.
  • India. Entry is allowed to both vaccinated and unvaccinated UAE citizens. Unvaccinated travellers must submit a self-declaration on the online Air Suvidha Portal and have a negative test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure from the UAE. There is no need to quarantine, you will just have to self monitor your health for 14 days.
  • Kyrgyzstan. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test from no more than 72 hours before your arrival by air is now needed for foreign citizens to enter Kyrgyzstan. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from this requirement.
  • Mongolia.If you’re fully vaccinated, you can enter Mongolia without needing to test or quarantine. All passengers are required to fill out medical declaration forms upon arrival at border checkpoints.
  • Singapore. Fully vaccinated UAE travellers do not have to undergo quarantine. Travellers must present proof of vaccination and must submit an electronic health declaration.
  • Thailand. The Thai authorities have decided to lift all testing and quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers starting 1 May 2022. The minimum COVID-19 medical insurance coverage has also been reduced to USD 10,000.
  • Sri Lanka. Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Sri Lanka without testing and quarantine.

 

North, Central and South America

Nicaragua

A warm country, Nicaragua regularly seduces travellers with its volcanic landscapes, its colonial architecture, its breathtaking beaches and its magnificent virgin forests. If you’re looking to soak your feet in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea or take on the powerful waves of the Pacific, Nicaragua’s beaches will always have something to satisfy you.

To enter Nicaragua, citizens and foreigners must present a negative COVID-PCR/SEROLOGY test at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to entry. The COVID-19 test results should be sent electronically to the airline prior to the date of travel.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Argentina. International travellers only need to submit a sworn statement and medical insurance including COVID-19 coverage to visit the country.
  • Belize. Either a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Belize or proof of having received two full doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is required.
  • Brazil. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test to enter Brazil. Most people aged 12 or older travelling to Brazil, will need to present a vaccination certificate to the airline before boarding and during travel.
  • Chile.
    • Fill in the “Travel Affidavit” form online up to 48 hours before boarding, providing contact information and health and travel records. This form will display a QR code as a means of verification. It is available at www.c19.cl.
    • Have health insurance with a minimum Covid-19 coverage of USD 30,000 (mandatory for non-residents). Medical insurance will not be required for Spanish citizens, as long as they carry their Temporary Displacement (E/CHL-11) and Residence (E/CHL-9) forms.
    • Diagnostic tests will be carried out randomly at the entry point to Chile. Confirmed cases shall be isolated according to the general health regulations (declared domicile in the C19 or Sanitary Residence).
  • Colombia.You will be required to show an onward or return ticket valid within the 90 day period allowed for their entry into Colombia as a visitor. Between 24 hours and 1 hour before departure, you must fill out the ‘Check-Mig’ form, available on the Migración Colombia website. You will receive a confirmation email that you will need to present upon arrival in Colombia.
  • Costa Rica. The Government of Costa Rica does not require tourists entering by air, land or sea to present a negative COVID-19 test, nor quarantine upon arrival.
  • Cuba. Travellers may enter freely provided they fill out a form and consent to the possibility of a random PCR test upon arrival.
  • El Salvador. There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in place for arriving travellers.
  • Mexico. Mexico remains open to travellers, however. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, though most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. There are health screenings at airports.
  • The USA. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempted from quarantine. They are however required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel

 

The Caribbean

Aruba

We all dream of going to Aruba; its beautiful corals, its riveting local culture and its mystifying mangroves away from the big hotels and their organized tours. Getting lost in the intoxicating rhythm of the Caribbean is the very definition of a rejuvenating getaway.

Effective March 19th, 2022, all travelers are no longer required to present a COVID-19 negative test result or proof of vaccination. All travelers are still required to complete Aruba’s Embarkation/Disembarkation Card before arrival, which is the country’s digitized customs and immigration process. Aruba Visitors Insurance is still required for all visitors.

Entry to the following countries does not involve quarantine, but requirements may vary:

  • Bonaire.All travelers must complete a Public Health Department health declaration form online between 24 hours and 12 hours before departure. This declaration can be downloaded at: https://www.bonairepublichealth.org. At check-in, boarding and arrival, travelers must present the health declaration.
  • Curaçao. Prior to departure, all visitors must follow these mandatory steps on dicardcuracao.com:
    1. No COVID testing is required before traveling to Curacao.
    2. Complete the digital immigration card online before departure.
    3. Digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to your departure and carry a printed or digital document of proof with you.
  • Dominican Republic. No restrictions like PCR test certificates or mandatory quarantine.
  • Grenada. All COVID-related entry requirements have been dropped.
  • Jamaica. Testing requirements and mask mandates are no longer in effect. However, travellers may be screened for symptoms at the airport.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis. If you are not a St Kitts and Nevis national or resident, you must be fully vaccinated to enter St Kitts and Nevis. Non-vaccinated adult visitors will not be permitted entry to St Kitts and Nevis. All travellers, including returning nationals, tourists or international travellers must submit either a Rapid Antigen negative test result taken 1 day prior to arrival, or a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel,
  • Turks and Caicos. Turks and Caicos is open for tourism. All travellers aged 18 and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the Turks and Caicos. The requirement for pre-travel authorisation (TCI Assured) is no longer required. The requirement for travel insurance and a negative COVID-19 test has also been dropped. Your vaccination status will be checked by your airline at check-in and on arrival in the Turks and Caicos by immigration officials.

 

 

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