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

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Citizens of all countries can visit the UAE for tourism, if they are fully vaccinated with one of the WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Allowed Vaccines:

Sinopharm
Oxford/AstraZeneca, i.e Covishield
Pfizer/BioNTech
Sputnik V
Moderna
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR results required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.10.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of United Arab Emirates;
– domestic workers 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 Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Ras-al-Khaima (RKT) or Sharjah (SHJ) with a return/onward ticket;
– passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a pre-arranged visa issued by Abu Dhabi;
– 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 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 arriving at Dubai (DXB):
– are subject to medical screening, and
– must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
3. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.
4. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residence visa returning to Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) and arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx .
5. Passengers entering United Arab Emirates arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, 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; and
– a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test (rapid RT-PCR is required for passengers arriving from Bangladesh) taken at most 6 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
The test result must be in Arabic or English and 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 whole item does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
– passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
– The rapid PCR test requirement 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.
6. Passengers transiting through United Arab Emirates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia 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 also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities;
– passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC).
7. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have:
– a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; and
– a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken at most 6 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
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 also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
8. Passengers transiting Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) through United Arab Emirates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-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 also have a QR code.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
9. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-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 for passengers arriving from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of United Arab Emirates and their parents, spouses, children and siblings;
– domestic workers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
– passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia;
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
10. 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, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
11. 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, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
12. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) from Armenia, Jordan, Kuwait or Netherlands must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 24 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:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with disabilities.
13. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) 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 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. A negative test result issued by an approved laboratory in United Arab Emirates presented upon departure from Abu Dhabi (AUH) is also accepted if the test was taken at most 48 hours before departure to Abu Dhabi (AUH). 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 Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
14. Passengers transiting 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 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 Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.
15. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, 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.
16. Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
17. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) or Sharjah (SHJ) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
18. Passengers could be subject to quarantine.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V.
19. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.
20. 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.
21. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an ’Isolation Exemption Certificate’.
22. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for more than 24 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12 hours.
23. 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.
24. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.
25. 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.
26. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) must register before departure on https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals . This will generate a QR code which must be presented before departure and upon arrival.
– This does not apply to nationals of United Arab Emirates.
27. Residents of United Arab Emirates entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before departure. They must update the certificate on https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae .
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 16 years.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

UAE has opened its borders for visitors to Dubai from most countries, with health measures in place. domestically, most restrictions have been lifted.
 

Lockdown Details

Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (https://www.wam.ae/en/details/1395302972580) announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.

Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19.

Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. The Alhosn app is the UAE’s official app related to Covid-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website (https://bit.ly/3B1wmAJ).
 

Sources

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