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UAE coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to UAE. UAE is Unknown restrictions 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
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🚨 Travel Advice for UAE

Unknown restrictions

for travel
    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 and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
- 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;
- nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People's Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), 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, 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, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH);
- passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa;
- passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a tourist visa issued by Abu Dhabi;
- passengers who are traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) and arriving from Australia, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Greenland, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United Kingdom or Uzbekistan with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate;
- nationals of Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.
    1. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Nigeria or South Africa are not allowed to enter.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers with a diplomatic passport.
    1. Passengers arriving from Nigeria or South Africa are not allowed to transit if they in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Nigeria or South Africa.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers with a diplomatic passport.
  1. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB):
- are subject to medical screening, and
- must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
  1. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.
    Residents of United Arab Emirates with a residency visa issued in Dubai returning to Dubai (DXB) must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/SmartOTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx .
    Residents of United Arab Emirates must have an ICA approval obtained at https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/residents-entry-confirmation before departure.
- This does not apply to passengers returning to Dubai (DXB).
    1. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from India 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. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities.
    1. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours 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://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers arriving from Nigeria;
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities;
- passengers arriving from India.
  1. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Nigeria must:
- have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours 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://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by Nigeria; or
- have a printed negative COVID-19 rapid test taken at most 4 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates.
    1. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours 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://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities.
    1. Passengers entering Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) from India 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. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities.
    1. Passengers entering Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities;
- passengers arriving from India.
    1. Passengers entering Sharjah (SHJ) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. Passengers arriving from India must have a QR code in the test result.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities.
    1. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
  • This does not apply to:
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities;
- passengers arriving from the United Kingdom;
    1. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) from the United Kingdom must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours 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://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the United Kingdom.
  • This does not apply to:
- passengers younger than 12 years;
- passengers with disabilities;
  1. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
    Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.
    Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB), or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine.
    Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.
    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.
    Nationals of South Korea traveling under the Fast Track program must have an 'Isolation Exemption Certificate'.
    Passengers 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.
- This does not apply to passengers with a resident visa.
    1. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.
      Flights from Nigeria and Yemen are suspended.
      Until 7 May 2021, flights from South Africa are suspended .
      Airline crew without a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to quarantine until their next flight.
      Effective 25 April 2021, flights from India are suspended.
    2. Effective 25 April 2021, passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India are not allowed to enter and transit.
  • This does not apply to:
- nationals of United Arab Emirates;
- passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty;
- passengers with a golden visa issued by United Arab Emirates;
- passengers transiting through United Arab Emirates to return to India as final destination.
  1. Effective 25 April 2021, passengers who in the past 14 days have been in India 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. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://preflighttest.com/ or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code.

Travel restriction details for UAE

🚫 Destination Unknown
🛬 Return Unknown
🏖️ Unknown
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
🛍️ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
📅 events Partially Allowed

🔒 Lockdown Details for UAE

Abu Dhabi will restrict access to shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15 to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative.
The restrictions will also apply to gyms, hotels and their facilities, public parks, beaches, swimming pools, entertainment centres, cinemas, and museums, Abu Dhabi's media office said.
Visitors will have to prove they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative through the country's COVID-19 app, which displays an individual's vaccination and testing history.
The mobile app will show green if the person has been vaccinated or has tested negative.
Individuals who have not been vaccinated will need to be tested every three days to maintain their green status. A fully vaccinated person would do so every 30 days.
The UAE announced last month that from June 6, attendance at live events and social activities, including weddings and bars, would be limited to those who could prove they had been vaccinated.
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🛡️ Travel safety for UAE

Exercise a high degree of caution

You don't need to quarantine in Abu Dhabi if you're vaccinated for COVID-19. You must verify your vaccination certificate before travelling (see 'Travel'). You'll still need to present a printed negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 48 hours of departure for Abu Dhabi. You'll also be subject to COVID-19 testing on arrival. Check the latest information for travel to, from or connecting through Abu Dhabi and Dubai (see 'Travel'). Contact your for airline for updates on entry or exit requirements as these may change at short notice. Delays and disruptions are likely. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in the United Arab Emirates due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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