The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reopened tourist visa applications to individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
This marks a lifting of some of the country’s more severe coronavirus travel restrictions. While the previous rules still apply to unvaccinated travelers, those who have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine may now visit the UAE as a tourist.
UAE tourist visa applications are now open to nationals of all countries, including those that are otherwise still subject to travel bans or restrictions.
This move aims to boost the country’s important tourism sector. State-run new agency WAM said the following:
“This comes as part of the country’s strategy to create a balance between public health and the activities of vital sectors, and in support of the national efforts to achieve sustainable recovery and economic growth.”
The UAE made tourist visas available to vaccinated travelers from August 30, 2021.
Tourist visas are valid for 60 days from the date of approval and allow the holder to stay for up to 30 days in the UAE.
Improving Situation Leads to Reintroduction of Visas
The COVID-19 situation in the UAE has been steadily improving. The vaccination rollout in the country has been among the fastest in the world. Over 90% of the population has now received at least one dose, with around 80% fully vaccinated.
The number of cases has also been falling. The number of daily cases has now dropped below 1,000.
Thanks to this improvement, the Emirates have begun to gradually reduce its entry restrictions. Previously, the UAE had halted passenger flights from various countries, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.
The latest easing of regulations is the reintroduction of tourist visas, which had been suspended for much of the pandemic.
All fully vaccinated travelers may apply, including those from countries that were previously banned. However, the previous restrictions still apply to those who have not been fully vaccinated against the virus.
The method of applying depends on the passenger’s nationality, in accordance with the UAE’s visa policy.
Conditions for Visiting the UAE with a Tourist Visa
Visitors from any country may now apply for a UAE tourist visa if they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
They must register their vaccination status with ICA and the Al Hosn App health app. This will allow them to access the same benefits as those who were vaccinated in the UAE itself. This includes being able to visit malls and other public spaces in Abu Dhabi.
Vaccinated travelers still have to comply with certain rules to enter the country. These include taking a rapid PCR test at the airport and receiving a negative result.
Which Vaccines Are Accepted for Entry to the UAE?
The United Arab Emirates has said that all travelers who have been fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) may now apply for a tourist visa to visit the country.
The following coronavirus vaccines are currently approved by the WHO:
- Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
Individuals must receive all the required doses of these vaccines (for example, 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson; 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, etc.) to be able to apply for a tourist visa.