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

This page was last updated on 23 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

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

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 12.02.2021
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 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 traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with an e-visa issued by Abu Dhabi with ’IDEX’ on it;
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with an e-visa issued by an emirate other than Abu Dhabi and an IDEX/NAVDEX badge.
2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Nigeria or South Africa are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to nationals of United Arab Emirates.
3. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB):
– are subject to medical screening, and
– must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
4. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.
5. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residency visa issued in Dubai returning to Dubai (DXB) must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure on https://tinyurl.com/ReturnPermitServiceForm
6. 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).
7. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers arriving from Nigeria;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
8. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Nigeria must:
– have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by Nigeria; and
– have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test result. The test must have been taken at most 4 hours before departure; and
– be traveling on a direct flight to Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
9. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, 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, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
10. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by the departure country.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from the United Kingdom.
11. Passengers entering or transiting through United Arab Emirates from the United Kingdom must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a lab accredited by the United Kingdom.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers entering or transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
12. Passengers entering United Arab Emirates from the United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test upon arrival and quarantine until the result is ready.
13. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, 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, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result upon arrival.
14. Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result upon arrival.
15. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB), or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine.
16. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.
17. 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.
18. Passengers with a residence permit issued by the United Arab Emirates are allowed to stay abroad longer than 180 days.
19. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an ’Isolation Exemption Certificate’.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.
23. Flights from South Africa are suspended until 26 February 2021.
24. Flights from Nigeria are suspended.
25. Effective 16 February 2021, flights from Yemen are suspended.
26. Airline crew without a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates are subject to quarantine until their next flight.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

All citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists traveling to the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure.

Foreign visitors to Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate and international health insurance.

Passengers (including transit) must complete this health declaration form, and a quarantine undertaking form if your final destination is Dubai. Arrivals may be subject to quarantine or self isolation for 14 days on arrival.
 

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