BORDER STATUS United Arab Emirates

Latest information on travel bans during COVID-19

United Arab Emirates

Country`s borders status

Borders are temporarily closed.

These passengers are allowed to enter:

  • citizens and residents of UAE. Residents of UAE must have approval obtained online before departure. Residents of UAE mist check their status before departure via dedicated website;
  • houseworkers travelling with their sponsors;
  • tourists travelling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a medical insurance;
  • citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia with a United Arab Emirates Identity Card arriving at Dubai (DXB);
  • citizens of South Korea travelling under Fast Track and arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Abu Dhabi (AUH). They must have pre-approved entry permit or a prearranged visa, in case they are arriving at DXB;
  • holders of entrance permit issued by UAE.

Passengers who have been to South Africa in the past 14 days are bared from entry. Flights from South Africa suspended until 26 February 2021.
Flights from Yemen and Nigeria are suspended.


Passengers arriving at (icluding transit passengers) DWC or DXB airports must have medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result if they are arriving from of the following countires: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia.


Common requirements for a covid certificate:

  • The certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to UAE.
  • Test must be PCR;
  • must be issued in Arabic or English.

Passengers arriving from Bahrain, Germany, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or United Kingdom may not have a medical certificate with covid test. In case they do not have one, they will undergo testing upon arrival and will be quarantined.


Citizens of Nigeria must be holders of a return ticket and confirmed hotel booking.


Transit via Abu-Dhabi (AUH) airport can’t be more than 24 hours. If it’s longer than 12 hours passenger must have an airside hotel reservation.

Arriving passengers are subject to medical screening. They must as well present a completed medical declaration and register via Covid-19 DXB Smart App.

Passengers entering or transiting via Dubai airport (DXB) must have medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result. The certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours before arrival.

This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • children younger than 12 years;
  • passengers with disabilities.

People arriving from the United Kingdom (transit included) must have a printed medical certificate in Arabic or English with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken not more than 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.
The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on the website or a lab accredited by the United Kingdom
Exceptions:

  • children younger than 12 years;
  • people with special needs

All the erriving from the UK passengers will have COVID-19 PCR test after arrival and quarantine while waiting for the result.

Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi have been restarted.


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