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Updated 16 June 2021

UAE travellers looking to travel overseas can now look forward to visiting a number of destinations offering 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 provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 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 are open 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 categorizing countries to green, orange and red lists. Starting from 9 June, fully vaccinated travellers from countries on the green list will be able to gain entry into France without any restrictions and quarantine measures. Non-vaccinated travellers from the green list will have to present proof of a PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours before their arrival to France.

At present, the UAE is included in France’s orange list; which means fully vaccinated Emirati travellers are only required to present a PCR test taken in the last 72 hours or an antigen test taken in the last 48 hours upon their arrival in France. No quarantine will be necessary. Note that unvaccinated travellers from orange list countries will be required to self-isolate for seven days.

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

  • Albania. Arriving passengers are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Albania.
  • Andorra. Everyone travelling to Andorra is exempt from having to serve quarantine. All tourists planning to spend three or more nights must have a negative test result issued within 72 hours before arrival.
  • Armenia. Travelers entering Armenia are required to present the results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival or submit to a PCR test at the airport. Arrivals exhibiting symptoms, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina. Entry requires negative COVID test results taken within 48 hours before arrival.
  • Bulgaria. A negative RT-PCR test taken within the last 72 hours is required to avoid quarantine. Bulgaria is also accepting vaccine certificates obtained at least 14 days before entry.
  • Cyprus. Entry requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours before departure.
  • Greece. Vaccinated travellers are required to present a certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated or have a valid negative test. Arrivals must also fill out the Passenger Locator Form prior to departure. 
  • Italy. The UAE and Italy have established a travel bubble between them; meaning that Emiratis may travel to three Italian airports without restraint. A negative COVID test taken within 48 hours prior to departure is the sole prerequisite for travel.
  • Malta. Entry requires proof of negative PCR COVID-19 swab test done within the previous 72 hours
  • North Macedonia. Arriving passengers are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter North Macedonia.
  • Russia. All passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be in English or Russian. A notarized translation to Russian is accepted. Quarantine will only be required if a passenger develops any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Serbia. Arriving passengers are required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Serbia. A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before arrival is required.
  • Spain. Spain is opening to fully vaccinated travellers from around the world in an attempt to kick start its summer tourism season. A negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival is also a requirement. Tests accepted are: PCR, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR and TMA.
  • Switzerland. From 28 June, fully vaccinated travellers from the UAE will be able to enter Switzerland without any quarantine and pre-testing measures. They must have received vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or one of the vaccines included in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. These include the Pfizer BioNTech, Sinopharm and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines.
  • Turkey. Arriving passengers from the UAE are required to present have a negative PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival.

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.

UAE travellers are welcome to visit the country and enjoy a plethora of eye-opening experiences without having to worry about on-arrival quarantine. A negative COVID test issued within 72 hours prior to departure is all that is required to be admitted into the country. 

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

  • Bahrain. Bahrain and the UAE have established a vaccine bubble allowing vaccinated travellers from both countries to travel between them starting from the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
  • Cape Verde. No test or quarantine required.
  • Djibouti. Quarantine not required if COVID test result returns negative.
  • Ethiopia. Quarantine required for Passengers without negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate.
  • Ghana. Quarantine not required if COVID test result returns negative.
  • Jordan. Passengers entering Jordan must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 120 hours before arrival.
  • Kenya. Quarantine not required if COVID test result returns negative.
  • Lebanon. Fully inoculated travellers from the UAE are welcome to visit Lebanon and exempted from quarantine requirements. Passengers who have been vaccinated with the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, a minimum of 15 days before their departure to Lebanon, are also exempted from conducting PCR tests at the countries of departure and shall undergo PCR test upon arrival at Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (BRHIA).
  • Mozambique. Quarantine not required when presenting a valid negative test result.
  • Seychelles. The country is welcoming all visitors from any part of the world as long as they have had a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure for Seychelles. Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Seychelles without quarantine.
  • Somalia. Must present a negative COVID test and will be quarantined if showing symptoms.
  • South Africa. A health screening and negative PCR test are required for all countries. Depending on screening results, quarantine may be required. Passengers entering or transiting through South Africa must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
  • Tanzania. Arriving passengers from the UAE are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Tanzania, unless exhibiting symptoms.
  • Togo. Quarantine not required if COVID test result returns negative.
  • Uganda. Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested upon arrival and required to quarantine until results are in.
  • Zambia. Must present a negative COVID test and will be quarantined if showing symptoms. 

Asia, Oceania and the South Pacific

Maldives

The paradise that is the Maldives is opening its borders to tourists from the UAE and the world. No quarantine requirement is necessary as long as travellers are in possession of a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. 

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

  • Afghanistan. Entry is allowed to travelers with a valid visa. Self-isolation at home is advised for 14 days in case of high temperature on arrival.
  • Kyrgyzstan. Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the first embarkation point. Passengers could be subject to an on-arrival test with those testing positive required to quarantine.
  • Thailand (Phuket). Tourism and health authorities of Thailand are planning on dropping their quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated international travellers to Phuket. Set to be implemented on 1 July, the Thai government is preparing for the reopening by arranging a mass vaccination drive which should cover 70 percent of the local population by the first of July.

 

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.

A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required for entry into Nicaragua. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before arrival.

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

  • Belize. A PCR test is recommended. If you aren’t carrying one, you will be tested at the airport and stay in isolation until results arrive. Only if you test positive, you will need to quarantine for 14 days there itself.
  • Brazil. Travellers must carry a negative RT-PCR test certificate taken no earlier than 72 hours.
  • Colombia. Arriving passengers are required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Colombia taken at most 96 hours before departure.
  • Ecuador. Quarantine for 10 days required for all travellers without covid-19 test results.
  • Honduras. Quarantine is required for travelers who have been in the UK or South Africa. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before arrival. Tests accepted are: antigen, rapid antibody and RT-PCR.
  • Mexico. Arriving passengers are not required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Mexico.
  • Panama. Entry requires negative COVID test results taken within 48 hours before arrival. If arriving with a positive result, you will be required to quarantine for 7 days and take another test. A second positive result will require additional 7 days of quarantine.
  • The USA. Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA.

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. 

A completed Health Assessment form must be submitted here at most 72 hours before departure. A travel authorization must be presented at the time of check-in. Passengers with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result (Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal swab) issued at most 72 hours before departure must upload the test at www.edcardaruba.aw at most 12 hours before departure. Passengers without a medical certificate are subject to a PCR test on arrival at their own expense and quarantine for 1 day.

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

  • Antigua and Barbuda. A health declaration form will have to be filled by all passengers on incoming flights.
    Negative COVID-19 report mandatory to carry for entry, the test being no older than 7 days before the flight
  • Dominican Republic. No restrictions like PCR test certificates or mandatory quarantine. On arrival, randomly chosen passengers from the pool will be subjected to a COVID test and if found positive, the quarantine will follow.
  • Puerto Rico. No quarantine is needed if you carry a negative PCR test report (taken 72 hours prior). If you fail to carry one, you will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days or take a test to get an early release.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis. The authorities of St. Kitts & Nevis have recently announced that the islands will only accept fully vaccinated travellers henceforth. A negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure is also required.
  • Turks and Caicos. All tourists must register on TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal, possess a negative COVID-19 test taken no earlier than 5 days of departure and have travel or health insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment.