UAE travel ban and restrictions

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UAE 🇦🇪

The travel advice is Do not travel to UAE. COVID travel advice is country is Partially Open for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to UAE. UAE is part of Asia with main city at Abu Dhabi. Its Developing country with a population of 10M people. The main currency is UAE Dirham. The languages spoken are Arabic.
👍 Developing   👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 10M people

🚨 Travel Advice for UAE

Partially Open

for travel
Last updated: December 1, 2020

1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.

-This does not apply to:

- nationals and residents of United Arab Emirates;

- domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first degree family members of the sponsor;

- passengers with an entry permit issued by United Arab Emirates;

- passengers traveling as tourists to Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) with a return/onward ticket;

- nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia with a United Arab Emirates Identity Card traveling to Dubai (DXB);

- 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;

- nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Isl., Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See), passengers with a British passport with nationality "British Citizen" and passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);

- nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit issued by USA or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);

- passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa;

- nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program and traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH). They must have a pre-approval to enter;

- nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.

2. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB):

- are subject to medical screening, and

- must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.

3. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.

4. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residency visa issued in Dubai returning to Dubai (DXB) must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure on [https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login](https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login)

5. Residents of United Arab Emirates must have an ICA approval obtained at [https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login](https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login) before departure.

- This does not apply to passengers returning to Dubai (DXB).

6. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) as tourists must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on [https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx](https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx) or a lab accredited by the departure country.

- This does not apply to:

- passengers arriving from Germany or United Kingdom;

- nationals of United Arab Emirates;

- passengers younger than 12 years;

- passengers with disabilities.

7. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on [https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/residents-entry-confirmation](https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/residents-entry-confirmation) or a lab accredited by the departure country.

This does not apply to:

- nationals of United Arab Emirates;

- passengers younger than 12 years;

- passengers with disabilities.

8. Passengers transiting Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved lab listed on [https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login](https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login) or a lab accredited by the departure country.

This does not apply to:

- nationals of United Arab Emirates;

- passengers younger than 12 years;

- passengers with disabilities.

9. Passengers entering or transiting Abu Dhabi (AUH) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on [https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login](https://www.preflighttest.com/account/login) or a lab accredited by the departure country.

- This does not apply to:

- passengers younger than 12 years;

- passengers with disabilities.

10. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and quarantine.

11. Airline crew arriving at Abu Dhabi (AUH) could be subject to medical screening and quarantine.

12. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.

13. Visas issued by the United Arab Emirates that expired after 1 March 2020 are accepted for entry until 31 December 2020. They must be validated within 30 days of entry.

14. Expired residence permits issued by the United Arab Emirates that have been extended until December 2020 are accepted for entry. Passengers must present proof of the extended validity.

15. Passengers with a residence permit issued by the United Arab Emirates are allowed to stay abroad longer than 180 days.

16. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an 'Isolation Exemption Certificate'.

17. Passengers are allowed to transit Abu Dhabi (AUH) for maximum 12 hours.

18. Nationals of Nigeria must have a return ticket, and a hotel booking or proof of accommodation address for the period of intended stay.

- This does not apply to passengers with a resident visa.

19. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.

🛡️ Travel safety for UAE

Do not travel

The UAE has announced that some passenger flights on UAE carriers will resume. You can transit in Dubai if your connecting flight departs within 24 hours, but you must remain airside. For full terms of transit see your airline's website. Short-term entry into Dubai will be permitted from 7 July 2020 but entry to all other Emirates is not permitted until further notice. Long-term residents seeking to return must get approval from the UAE Government. Health screenings are in place at all airports and arrivals who test positive in Dubai are required to undergo 14-day quarantine either in their home or at a designated hotel. Arrivals into Abu Dhabi are required to undergo a PCR test and 14-day quarantine either in their home or at a designated hotel regardless of test outcome. Restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 change frequently, including lockdowns between Emirates. Please check the advice of local authorities and monitor the media for the latest information. We now advise you: Do not travel to the United Arab Emirates.

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Last updated: December 1, 2020

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