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Updated 24 September 2021

Through its combination of strict measures, swift vaccination drive, and a high testing rate, many rightfully regard the UAE as one of the countries with the most exceptional performance in dealing with the pandemic. 

As for the country’s quarantine measures for arrivals, they differ depending on which emirates travellers are looking to visit. Here is a complete guide of the latest quarantine guidelines being implemented for international visitors and returning residents alike.

Dubai

All passengers travelling to Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure

Please note that expatriate residents and tourists arriving from the following countries must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.

Those required to take the on-arrival test must then remain in their hotel or residence until their test results have been received. Should the test is positive, travellers are required to serve further and comply with the instructions of the Dubai Health Authority. Travellers with negative test results will not be required to serve quarantine.

Citizens of the UAE are not required to obtain a pre-departure PCR test regardless of which country or city they’re travelling from. However, citizens will be tested upon arrival.

Arrivals from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia

Passengers arriving from the above countries must follow specific protocols:

  • A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted within 48 hours, validity should be calculated from the time the sample was collected, prior to departure from an approved health facility
  • A rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure

For passengers travelling to Dubai as their final destination from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) and Zambia, travel is currently not possible as there are no rapid PCR testing facilities at the airport.

 

Abu Dhabi

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From September 5, travellers won’t need to quarantine on arrival in Abu Dhabi if they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or if they are travelling from a ‘Green List’ country.

Abu Dhabi green list of countries is as follows:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Bhutan
  8. Brunei
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Canada
  11. China
  12. Comoros
  13. Croatia
  14. Cyprus
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Denmark
  17. Finland
  18. Germany
  19. Greece
  20. Hong Kong (SAR)
  21. Hungary
  22. Indonesia
  23. Italy
  24. Japan
  25. Jordan
  26. Kuwait
  27. Kyrgyzstan
  28. Luxembourg
  29. Maldives
  30. Malta
  31. Mauritius
  32. Moldova
  33. Monaco
  34. Netherlands
  35. New Zealand
  36. Norway
  37. Oman
  38. Poland
  39. Portugal
  40. Qatar
  41. Republic of Ireland
  42. Romania
  43. San Marino
  44. Saudi Arabia
  45. Serbia
  46. Seychelles
  47. Singapore
  48. Slovakia
  49. Slovenia
  50. South Korea
  51. Sweden
  52. Switzerland
  53. Taiwan, Province of China
  54. Tajikistan
  55. Turkmenistan
  56. Ukraine

Abu Dhabi has also established quarantine-free travel corridors for fully vaccinated travellers (final dose received at least 28 days before travel) with:

  • Bahrain
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles

Guidelines for vaccinated passengers

  • If you are coming from green countries, you do not need to quarantine yourself. However, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 6 from arrival.
  • If you are coming from other countries, you do not need to quarantine yourself. You will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival, day 4 and day 8 from arrival.

To be fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine at least 14 days before departure. Information about the vaccine must be documented on the Al Hosn app.

Guidelines for non-vaccinated passengers

  • If you are coming from green countries, you do not need to quarantine yourself. However, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival, days 6 and 9 from arrival.
  • If you are coming from other countries, you must quarantine yourself for 10 days. Additionally, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 9 from arrival.

If you have arrived from a country that the UAE authorities deem are high-risk, then you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

 

Sharjah

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Expatriate residents and visitors to the UAE are required to present a negative PCR test result at the departure airport. As per the latest rules, the test results must have been issued within 72 hours before departing to Sharjah. 

Upon arrival, residents and visitors must take another RT-PCR test at Sharjah’s airport and remain in quarantine until the results have been known. A positive result means 14-day isolation and compliance with the instructions provided by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

 

Ras al Khaimah

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Travellers to Ras al Khaimah (RAK) must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the flight departure time from approved medical facilities. UAE nationals and children below 12 years of age are exempt from the test. 

Once travellers have arrived in RAK, they are required to download the Alhosn app, take another covid-19 PCR test and remain in quarantine until the test results have been known. A negative test result will mean the end of quarantine, while those testing positive will have to isolate themselves for 14 days as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Prevention.