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

This page was last updated on 21 July, 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 16.07.2021
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 traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) and arriving from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, USA or Vatican City (Holy See) 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 Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia are not allowed to enter and transit.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first degree family members;
– passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty;
– passengers with a golden visa or a silver visa issued by United Arab Emirates.
3. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Afghanistan or Indonesia are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first degree family members;
– passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty;
– passengers with a golden visa or a silver visa issued by United Arab Emirates.
4. 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;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty with an official letter from the MOFA 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 Golden Residence Card or a residency visa 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 Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 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. 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 United Arab Emirates from Afghanistan or Indonesia must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 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. The test result must also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
11. 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 Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
12. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon 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.
13. 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.
14. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan 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.
15. 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 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;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
16. 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 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;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
17. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) 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. Passengers arriving from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan must have a QR code in the test result.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
18. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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, Kyrgyzstan, 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, Sri Lanka, 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 Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Uganda, Viet Nam, Yemen and Zambia are suspended.
28. Until 30 July 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.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a further extension of the ban on passenger flights from 16 countries:

India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia.

It has also prohibited all UAE nationals, except diplomats and those with medical emergencies, from travelling to these countries.

In the circular, UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority has called for status quo on previously issued travel restrictions.

Only UAE citizens, diplomats, golden and silver residency visa holders will be allowed to enter the country. No more than eight passengers are allowed to travel per private charter jet, GCAA added.
 

Lockdown Details

Abu Dhabi will restrict access to shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15 to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative.

The restrictions will also apply to gyms, hotels and their facilities, public parks, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centres, cinemas, and museums, Abu Dhabi’s media office said.

Visitors will have to prove they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative through the country’s COVID-19 app, which displays an individual’s vaccination and testing history.

The mobile app will show green if the person has been vaccinated or has tested negative.

Individuals who have not been vaccinated will need to be tested every three days to maintain their green status. A fully vaccinated person would do so every 30 days.

The UAE announced last month that from June 6, attendance at live events and social activities, including weddings and bars, would be limited to those who could prove they had been vaccinated.
 

Sources

https://www.visitdubai.com/en/sc7/travel-planning/travel-tools/work-remotely-in-dubai
Data Source: covidcontrols.co