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Updated 2 August 2021

Anyone who’s been to the United States of America will tell you that the great American experience has many facets; from major cities whose mere mention evokes countless cultural, culinary and leisure references, to the millions of kilometers of impeccably maintained highways cutting through arid deserts, ancient redwood forests and golden wheat fields spanning the horizon.

For those longing to return to the States, here are the latest travel guidelines on travelling to the US from Dubai. 

Can you travel to US from Dubai?

Yes, you can.

The US is not among the countries red-listed by the UAE government, nor is the US applying travel ban and restrictions for travellers arriving from the UAE. While residents and citizens do not need the government’s approval to travel abroad, they are required to check the requirements of the country they are travelling to. 

Such requirements may extend to a negative result of RT-PCR test for COVID‑19 before departure, quarantine at the destination and any other restrictions and safety measures specified by the authorities at the destination.

UAE nationals must register in the Twajudi service prior to travel and comply with the preventive measures at the UAE airports as well as at the airports of the destination.

 

US entry regulations from Dubai

In the case of the US, entry from Dubai is possible providing the following conditions:

  • All international arrivals over the age of two including US citizens and legal permanent residents traveling into the US from a foreign country must have NAAT tests or antigen tests conducted no more than 3 days before the departure time and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 before boarding the flight
  • Foreign travellers who have been in any of the countries banned by the US in the last 14 days will not be granted entry into the country
  • In the case of Los Angeles, all international arrivals over the age of 16 must submit an online Traveller Form prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport

 

US COVID testing requirements

Passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Rapid tests are also acceptable as long as they are viral tests. This includes:

  • reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
  • reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
  • transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR)
  • helicase-dependent amplification (HDA)
  • The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered.
  • The test result must be in the form of written documentation, either on printed paper or as an electronic copy.

The test used must be authorized for use by the relevant national authority for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country where the test is administered.

The test result must be in the form of written documentation, either on printed paper or as an electronic copy.

 

US quarantine requirements

As per CDC’s latest update, vaccinated travelers and returning Americans are not required to quarantine on coming to the USA. CDC also states “that every state is different, and that people are encouraged to look into their local state mandates and laws before travelling.”

However, it is recommended that you get tested and stay home, and isolate after travel.

After-travel information for unvaccinated people

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected
  • If you don’t want to get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms

After-travel information for fully vaccinated people

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms

After-travel information for people who have recently recovered

If you have recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the last 3 months, then:

  • You must follow the requirements and recommendations applicable to fully vaccinated travellers
  • However, you need not get tested 3-5 days after travel, unless symptomatic

Some other states either require all out-of-state visitors to self-isolate for 14 days or present a negative test result, or do not have a strict quarantine mandate. For more information, please consult each state’s health department websites.

 

Flights from Dubai to the US

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