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Updated October 2022

The UAE, one of the favourite destinations of travellers, has been gradually returning to normalcy, thanks in part to the successful vaccination drive and vigilant efforts by all parties involved.

So, what are the vaccines approved for travel to the UAE? Find out below.

List of approved vaccines in the UAE

The list of vaccines approved for use in the UAE are:

  • Sinopharm
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Sputnik V
  • Sputnik Light
  • Moderna
  • Recombinant SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (CHO Cell)
  • Valneva

We’ll update this list as and when the country authorizes more vaccines.

UAE vaccine requirements

The UAE has relaxed many requirements to enter the country. PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers have been done away with. In addition, Abu Dhabi has now scrapped its earlier green list of countries.

Passengers travelling to the UAE from all countries (GCC included) must fulfil one of the below requirements:

  1. Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code
  2. Present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection to the time of boarding and the certificate must be issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code
  3. Present a valid medical certificate issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival


  • Printed or digital PCR test certificates or vaccination certificates are accepted in English or Arabic and must include a QR code. SMS certificates are not accepted.
  • COVID‑19 vaccination certificates without a QR code will be accepted for travel to Dubai as long as the vaccination certificate is issued by test centres/organisations recognised/approved by the national health authorities of the country.
  • COVID‑19 PCR test or vaccination certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the departure point.
  • PCR tests must be based on a molecular diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS‑COV‑2 viral RNA. Rapid antigen, antibody or any form of rapid lateral flow tests and home test kits will not be accepted.


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