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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.

  • Partially Open
  • Up to 14 Days
Last reviewed on 22 Sep 2021, 10:40AM UTC

Covid-19 Statistics
-24.92% (last 7 days)
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'.

Other important information:
• Travellers arriving at Dubai(DXB) must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
• 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.
• Travellers entering United Arab Emirates arriving from Arab Emirates arriving from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have:
- a printed negative COVID-19 RT-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 from the first embarkation point.
• Travellers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH) from Armenia, Jordan, Kuwait or Netherlands must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 24 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.

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.

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.
For more information: https://www.emirates.com/nl/english/help/flying-to-and-from-dubai/tourists-travelling-to-dubai/
You will need a formal Medical Certificate presenting a negative PCR test from an accepted establishment.
Your Certificate must be within 1 to 3(depends on destination and origin) days of your arrival.

🛬 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 14days; 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.
There are no routes that have greater restrictions at this time.

✅ Greenlane Agreement
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