BORDER STATUS

Latest information on travel bans during COVID-19

United Arab Emirates

Country`s borders status

Borders are temporarily closed. Flights from India, Yemen, Vietnam, DR Congo, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria are suspended.

These passengers are allowed to enter:

  • citizens and residents of UAE. Residents of UAE can not stay abroad longer than 180 days;
  • domestic workers travelling with their sponsor;
  • holders of entry permit issued by UAE;
  • citizens and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
  • citizens of South Korea, travelling under Fast-Track program holding pre-arranged visa;
  • those travelling to Abu Dhabi with a tourist visa;
  • those travelling to Abu Dhabi and holding visa issued by any Emirate if they arriving from one of the following countries:
    Australia, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, China, Taiwan, Cuba, Kenya, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, USA,  Azerbaijan, Malta or Uzbekistan;
  • citizens of Indonesia travelling under the Safe Travel Corridor and holding entry permit and a return ticket.

Passengers who have been to South Africa, India, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri-Lanka, DR Congo, Uganda, Zambia in the past 14 days are barred from entry.

Exceptions:

  • citizens of UAE;
  • holders of golden visa issued by UAE.

Exceptions for those who have been in Vietnam:

  • citizens of UAE and their close relatives;
  • holders of golden or silver visa issued by UAE;
  • holders of a vaccination certificate stating they have been fully vaccinated no less than 28 days before arrival. Accepted vaccines: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

Passengers who are eligible to enter from the abovementioned countries must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to UAE.


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), Al Maktoum (DWC), Sharjah (SHJ) or Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) must have negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken no later than 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to UAE. Test must be taken by an approved laboratory listed on the website. If arriving from Nigeria there is a requirement of additional COVID-19 rapid test which must be taken no more than 4 hours before deaprture from the first embarkation point. This rule doesn’t apply to:
  • children younger than 12 years;
  • passengers with disabilities;
  • citizens of UAE.

Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi have been restarted.


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