United Arab Emirates

Borders are opened with restrictions.

Passengers are barred from enter if they have been in the past 14 days in one of these countries:
Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • citizens of UAE;
  • holders of a Golden Visa.

These passengers are allowed to enter any Emirate:

  • citizens and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE;
  • domestic workers accompanied by the sponsor;
  • holders of entry permit issued by UAE;
  • tourists travelling to Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Ras-al-Khaima (RKT), Sharjah (SHJ) holding return or onward ticket;
  • citizens of South Korea traveling under the Fast Track program to Dubai (DXB) holding pre-arranged visa or pre-approval to enter;
  • citizens of Indonesia travelling under the Safe Corridor program holding entry permit and a return ticket;

Passengers traveling to Dubai (DXB) must download and register via the COVID-19 DXB Smart App. Those arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.

Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.

Passengers arriving at Abu Dhabi (AUH) must register online before departure.

This rule doesn’t apply to citizens of UAE and those arriving for the World Policy Conference.

The maximum duration of transit via Abu Dhabi (AUH) is 24 hours. In case transit time exceeds 12 hours, passengers must have a confirmed booking at the airside hotel.

Holders of a Golden Residence Card or a resident visa returning to one of Dubai airports (DXB, DWC) must have an approval .

Every passenger entering UAE must have a printed negative test result taken at most 72 hours (48 hours for Abu-Dhabi) before departure from the 1st embarkation point. Dubai (DXB, DWC) accepting RT-PCR tests, Ras Al Khaimah (RKT), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Sharjah (SHJ) — PCR. Any test result must be printed, issued by a laboratory approved by the country of departure and must have a QR code. Must be in Arabic or English.
This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • children under 12 years;
  • passengers with disabilities;
  • citizens of UAE, their family members and accompanying domestic workers (the lat only in case they entering via Dubai (DXB, DWC))
  • more strict rules for passengers who have been in the past 14 days in one of these countries:
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia.

Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

The test result for passengers arriving or transiting via Dubai from Lebanon, Turkey, United Kingdom, Mauritania, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, must be taken no more than 48 hours.

These passengers are allowed to enter Abu Dhabi (AUH):

  • citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay;
  • passenges with a pre-arranged visa issued by any Emirate
  • holders of a resident or a tourist visas issued by Abu Dhabi (AUH);
  • citizens of India if holding a visa or a residence permit issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State;

Passengers older than 12 years arriving to Abu Dhabi must have a negative PCR test result issued no more than 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. This rule doesn’t apply to passengers with disabilities.

Special rules for passengers arriving from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.

General requirements for test results:

  • must be issued by a laboratory accredited by the departure country;
  • must have qa QR code;
  • must be in Arabic or English;
  • must be printed.

General exceptions:

  • children under 12;
  • passengers with disabilities;
  • citizens of UAE and their family members (Dubai only);
  • domestic workers accompanied by the sponsor (Dubai only).

For any Emirate other than Dubai:
Every passenger must have:

  • negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; AND
  • a negative COVID-19 rapid PCR (rapid RT-PCR for Bangladesh) test taken at most 6 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

These passengers doesn’t need a rapid PCR test result:

  • citizens of UAE and their close family members.

Those who are in transit must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to UAE.

For those entering Dubai:
Every passenger must have:

  • a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to UAE; AND
  • a negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken at most 6 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

Those who are in transit must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to UAE.

Residents of UAE arriving from abovementioned countries to Dubai Airports (DXB, DWC) must have a prior GDFRA approval obtained via website.

Special rules for passengers arriving from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
They must have the following documents:

  • a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight; and
  • a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test result taken no more than 6 hours before departure of the last direct flight.

The test results accepted in Arabic or English. They must have a QR and must be issued by one of the laboratories from the list.

This passengers are not obligied to have such test results:

  • children younger than 12 years;
  • handicapped passengers;
  • for Dubai only: citizens of UAE, their close relatives and homeworkers.

Passenger arriving from Ghana are barred from entering Dubai. This rule doesn’t apply to citizens of UAE and holders of Golden Visa.

For those holding a valid negative test there is no quarantine requrements if travelling to any airport other than Abu Dhabi (AUH).

Quarantine rules for those arriving to Abu Dhabi (AUH):
Green list countries

Vaccinated travellers
Vaccinated travellers arriving from ‘green’ countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival and another on day 6 from arrival, if staying in the emirate. They are not required to quarantine themselves.

Vaccinated travellers arriving from other countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival and again on day 4 and day 8, if staying in the emirate. They are not required to quarantine themselves.

Unvaccinated travellers
Unvaccinated travellers arriving from ‘green’ countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival and again on day 6 and day 12 from arrival. They are not required to quarantine themselves.

Unvaccinated travellers arriving from other countries must take an RT-PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and take another PCR test on day 9 from arrival.

Accepted vaccines: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Sinovac.

Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi have been restarted.

Expired residence permit issued by UAE that have been extended until December 2020 are accepted for entry. Passengers must present proof of the extended validity.

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