Covid Update for United Arab Emirates
Last update: 09/06/2021
At present, most foreign nationals are barred from entering most of the United Arab Emirates. Emirati nationals, their families, and their domestic helpers may enter any part of the UAE, as can foreign residents of the UAE and passengers with an entry permit issued by the United Arab Emirates. International tourists from most other countries may now travel to Dubai (DXB) and Sharjah (SHJ) only, and must have an onward or return ticket as well as health insurance and a medical certificate (including for transit). Nationals and residents of other GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) are now permitted to enter the UAE. South Korean nationals with pre-arranged visa or pre-approval and an “Isolation Exemption Certificate” may fly to Dubai (DXB) under the Fast Track program. Indonesian nationals traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program can now enter the UAE with an entry permit and a return ticket. Nationals of the following countries can now fly to Abu Dhabi (AUH): Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (PRC), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong (holders of Hong Kong (SAR China) passport), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK (British passport holders with nationality “British Citizen”), Ukraine, Uruguay, the USA, and Vatican City. Nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit issued by USA, UK, or an EU member state traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) may also enter. Additionally, passengers with a tourist visa issued by Abu Dhabi may also now travel to Abu Dhabi. Nevertheless, passengers are only allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for a maximum of 24 hours and they must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12 hours. Travelers may enter Abu Dhabi with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate if arriving from any of the following countries: Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, China (PRC), Cuba, Germany, Greenland, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the USA, or Uzbekistan. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a negative coronavirus PCR test taken at an approved laboratory no more than 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to the UAE. Children under 12, passengers with disabilities, and those arriving from the UK are exempt. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India or Vietnam are not allowed to enter and transit through the UAE, unless they are nationals of the United Arab Emirates, are a diplomatic or official passport holder traveling on duty, or have a UAE golden visa. They must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival, and issued by an approved laboratory. The test result must have a QR code. Travelers who have been in or transited through Nigeria or South Africa in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter or transit through the UAE unless they are an Emirati national. Diplomatic passport holders may enter if arriving from Nigeria. Foreign residents of the UAE must have approval from the ICA before departure, except those returning to Dubai (DXB), who must have GDRFA approval instead. Those with a residency visa issued in Dubai returning to DXB must have a GDRFA approval. Arrivals at DXB must have health insurance, a printed medical certificate in Arabic or English with a negative PCR test result issued within 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to the UAE by an approved laboratory, and the COVID-19 DXB Smart App installed on their mobile device. UAE nationals, children under the age of 12, travelers with disabilities, and tourists arriving from Germany and the UK are exempt from the medical certificate requirement. Passengers arriving at or transiting through Al Maktoum (DWC) or Dubai (DXB) must have a health certificate in Arabic or English issued by an approved lab or a lab accredited by the country of departure with a negative PCR test result from within 72 hours before the departure of the last direct flight to the UAE. UAE nationals, of passengers under the age of 12, and those who have disabilities are exempt. Passengers arriving at DWC or DXB from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon, or Sudan must have a QR code with their test result. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter and transit through the UAE, with the exception of nationals of the United Arab Emirates, passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty, or passengers with a golden visa. Travelers who have been in these the previous 14 days,with the exception of passengers under the age of 12 and those with disabilities, must have a printed negative PCR test result taken at an approved lab within 48 hours before arrival. The test result must have a QR code. Individuals arriving from another GCC state without a negative PCR test result will be tested on arrival. A medical certificate is required even for travelers transiting through DXB and DWC if arriving from the following countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Those arriving at DXB or DWC from Nigeria must be on a direct flight and must have a certificate in Arabic or English issued by an approved lab or a lab accredited by Nigeria showing a negative PCR result from within 72 hours before departure or a printed certificate with a negative rapid test result from within 4 hours before departure. Passengers arriving at Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before the departure of the last direct flight. UAE nationals, children under 12, and passengers with disabilities are exempt. Travelers arriving in the UAE are subject to screening, quarantine, and potentially further testing. Visa on arrival facilities at AUH are once again open. Nigerian nationals arriving in the UAE must have a return ticket and proof of accommodation booking and/or address (unless they are a resident of the Emirates). Individuals who have been in or transited through South Africa or Nigeria in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit through the UAE, with the exceptions of Emirati nationals and diplomatic passport holders traveling on duty with an official letter from the MOFA of the United Arab Emirates. Flights from Nigeria and South Africa are suspended until 18 June 2021. Flights from India, Vietnam, and Yemen are suspended until further notice. Airline crew without a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to the United Arab Emirates are subject to quarantine until their next flight. You can also check the visa Policy of United Arab Emirates to find out the requirements you need to meet in order to travel to the country.