Covid Entry Check: United Arab Emirates Travel Restrictions

This United Arab Emirates dashboard provides you with information on travel restrictions, quarantine on entry, Covid-19 cases, entry requirements and green lane updates.

Overview
  • Partially Open
  • Up to 5 Days
Last reviewed on 19 Jan 2022, 04:06AM UTC

Covid-19 Statistics
NEW CASES
17,539
-16.98% (last 7 days)
ACTIVE CASES
20,886
1.18% (last 7 days)

Can you enter?

Entry is restricted to Citizens and PRs, Spouse & Children of Citizens/PRs, Other Residents (pass holders), Business Travellers, Transit, the following travellers may also enter:
• Domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;
• Travellers with an entry permit issued by United Arab Emirates;
• Nationals and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
• Nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.
• Tourists going to Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Ras-al-Khaima (RKT) or Sharjah (SHJ) with a return/onward ticket

• The following are may travel to Abu Dhabi(AUH):
-Nationals of countries listed in greenlanes
-Travellers going to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate
-Travellers going to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa or a tourist visa issued by Abu Dhabi;
-Nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);

• The following may travel to Dubai:
-Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program and traveling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a pre-arranged visa or a pre-approval to enter and must have an 'Isolation Exemption Certificate'.
For countries listed in greenlanes:
• Nationals of these countries if traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) - except for: South Korea, India, Indonesia may enter
• National and Residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia may enter
• Nationals of South Korea traveling under the Fast Track program and traveling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a pre-arranged visa or a pre-approval to enter may enter
• Nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) may enter
• Nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket may enter.

Other important information:
• Travellers arriving at Dubai(DXB) must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App before departure or upon arrival.
• Covid-19 test results must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
• Travellers are allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for a maximum of 24 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12 hours.
• Nationals of Nigeria must have a return ticket, and a hotel booking or proof of accommodation address for the period of intended stay.

For Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe:
Entry for travellers arriving from or who in the past 14 days have been in these countries is limited to nationals of UAE and travellers with a golden vis issued by UAE. They must have:
- a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates; and
- a printed negative COVID-19 rapid PCR test taken at most 6 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.
The test result must be in Arabic or English and be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.

What to expect in United Arab Emirates?

📝 Before your trip

You must obtain advance arrival permission to board your plane.
You are required to complete a pre-arrival form.
Form Details:
Travellers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) must register before departure on https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals . This will generate a QR code which must be presented before departure and upon arrival.
- This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- Effective 27 September 2021, Travellers entering Abu Dhabi for the World Policy Conference."

Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residence visa returning to Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) and arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx .

For more information: https://www.emirates.com/nl/english/help/flying-to-and-from-dubai/tourists-travelling-to-dubai/
https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals

You will need a formal Medical Certificate presenting a negative PCR test from an accepted establishment.
Your Certificate must be within 3 days of your arrival.
Testing Details:
Travellers must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.

Please note that testing requirements/restrictions may varry on your destiantion and origin, for more information please refer to https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/travelling-amid-covid-19/travelling-to-the-uae.

For more information: https://www.emirates.com/nl/english/help/flying-to-and-from-dubai/tourists-travelling-to-dubai/
https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/registerArrivals

🛬 On Arrival

On Arrival you will be required to complete a test for Covid, with the cost borne by the traveller.

😷 Quarantine details

General arrivals will be required to quarantine for up to 5days; Quarantine served at your home / hotel (special arrangement may apply due to GreenLanes). For more information: https://www.ncema.gov.ae/content/covid/hagr-en.pdf

🛂 Travel restrictions

There are routes that have Green Lanes with fewer restrictions, see below.
The route is closed for travellers from Botswana, Congo, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.

✅ Greenlane Agreement
Other GreenLanes are available from
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, 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, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vatican City, South Korea, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel
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