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Updated 5 July 2021

Much to the delight of travellers, the UAE has now resumed international flights with special testing and quarantine rules for vaccinated travellers. 

If you are planning to travel to Dubai and the rest of the UAE after getting your COVID-19 jabs, read ahead to find out all about the latest international travel guidelines. 

Vaccinated travel to the UAE

The UAE has signed agreements with several countries to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor for fully vaccinated people. Passengers holding vaccination certificates issued by health authorities can travel to and from these countries and the UAE without having to quarantine on arrival.

Currently, the UAE has opened up quarantine-free travel corridors with the following countries:

  • Bahrain 
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles


Vaccinated travel to Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved updated travel procedures for vaccinated citizens and residents of the emirate, effective 3 May 2021. The Abi Dhabi government has classified certain countries under its Green List, classifying them as ‘safe to travel’. You can view the complete list of countries on the Green List here

Vaccinated travellers arriving from Green List destinations must:

  • Take a PCR test on arrival
  • Quarantine not required
  • Take a PCR test on day 6 after arrival

Vaccinated travellers arriving from other destinations must:

  • Take a PCR test on arrival
  • Quarantine for 7 days
  • Take a PCR test on day 6 after arrival.

Entry for vaccinated South African and Indian travellers

The UAE has imposed a ban on passenger flights from India and South Africa.

However, Indian travellers with valid UAE residence visa who have received both doses of any UAE-approved COVID-19 vaccine can fly to Dubai. Similarly, passengers from South Africa are only allowed in if they have received two doses of vaccine approved by the UAE. As of now, the UAE has approved only the Sinopharm, Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines.