United Arab Emirates (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR results required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine or self-isolation required for some travellers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 06.05.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of United Arab Emirates;
– domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers with an entry permit issued by United Arab Emirates;
– passengers traveling as tourists to Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) with a return/onward ticket;
– nationals and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
– nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program and traveling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a pre-arranged visa or a pre-approval to enter;
– nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See), passengers with a British passport with nationality “British Citizen” and passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);
– nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa;
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a tourist visa issued by Abu Dhabi;
– passengers who are traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) and arriving from Australia, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Greenland, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United Kingdom or Uzbekistan with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate;
– nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty;
– passengers with a golden visa issued by United Arab Emirates.
3. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Nigeria are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport.
4. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through South Africa are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to nationals of United Arab Emirates.
5. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB):
– are subject to medical screening, and
– must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
6. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.
7. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residency visa issued in Dubai returning to Dubai (DXB) must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx .
8. Residents of United Arab Emirates must have an ICA approval obtained at https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers returning to Dubai (DXB).
9. Passengers entering or transiting through United Arab Emirates who in the past 14 days have been in India must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
10. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan or Sudan;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India.
11. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan or Sudan must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
12. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Nigeria must:
– have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by Nigeria; or
– have a printed negative COVID-19 rapid test taken at most 4 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
13. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
14. Passengers entering Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India.
15. Passengers entering Sharjah (SHJ) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India.
16. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from the United Kingdom;
– passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India.
17. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) from the United Kingdom must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the United Kingdom.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
18. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
19. Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
20. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB), or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine.
21. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.
22. Expired residence permits issued by the United Arab Emirates that have been extended until December 2020 are accepted for entry. Passengers must present proof of the extended validity.
23. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an ’Isolation Exemption Certificate’.
24. Passengers are allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for a maximum of 24 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12 hours.
25. Nationals of Nigeria must have a return ticket, and a hotel booking or proof of accommodation address for the period of intended stay.
– This does not apply to passengers with a resident visa.
26. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.
27. Flights from India and Yemen are suspended.
28. Until 21 May 2021, flights from Nigeria and South Africa are suspended .
29. Airline crew without a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to quarantine until their next flight.
30. Effective 9 May 2021, passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Egypt or Ethiopia must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by Egypt or Ethiopia. The test result must have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
31. Effective 10 May 2021, passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Lebanon must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by Lebanon. The test result must have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The Dubai authorities have issued visit and tourist visas since 6 July 2020. The Abu Dhabi authorities have issued visit and tourist visas since 24 December 2020.

Residents returning to Dubai still need to get approval before travelling. Those returning to other parts of the UAE no longer need to get approval.

From the 31st of January all tourists, visitors and residents travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check-in. Travellers may also be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.

Travellers to Abu Dhabi from high-risk countries must have carried out a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and received a negative result and will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

Travellers entering Abu Dhabi are also required to wear a government-provided wristband, complete a minimum 10-day period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests on day 6 and 12 after their arrival.

Travellers entering Abu Dhabi who have participated in the UAE voluntary COVID19 vaccination programme or have participated in the third phase of clinical vaccination research or who have obtained a mark in the ‘Al Hosn App’ are exempt from quarantine on arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is offering one-year tourist visas. Professionals can now apply for a one-year remote working visa to live in Dubai while remaining employed abroad. For further information check the visit Dubai website.
COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics, including the time frames for undertaking COVID-19 PCR tests before departure with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on British Airways, Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.

Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in the UAE will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days even if they had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned all flights except cargo flights from India for 10 days from April 24 midnight citing unprecedented COVID-19 rise in the country. These regulations can be extended.
 

Lockdown Details

The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. The UAE has relaxed restrictions at malls, markets, and religious services. Individuals should continue to practice vigilance and wear masks and gloves, while practicing appropriate social distancing.
 

Sources

https://ae.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co