International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Entry into United Arab Emirates From Greece is Restricted

Description

International travelers are not allowed to enter the United Arab Emirates unless they are traveling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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These travel restrictions do not apply to:

  • Citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates;
  • Domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with the first-degree family members of the sponsor;
  • Passengers traveling as tourists to Dubai or Abu Dhabi;
  • Citizens of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia with a United Arab Emirates Identity Card arriving at Dubai.
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Government of the UAE
Start Date
5/12/2021
Updated
6/12/2021

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory health insurance

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UK Government - UAE
Start Date
7/20/2020
Updated
6/12/2021
Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

All travelers arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

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This testing requirement does not apply to:

  • UAE nationals but will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport;
  • Travelers under the age of 12.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours
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UK Government - UAE
Start Date
1/16/2021
Updated
6/12/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory contact-tracing app for Dubai

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Government of the UAE
Start Date
1/17/2021
Updated
6/12/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration for Dubai

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Government of the UAE
Start Date
7/20/2020
Updated
6/12/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory travel authorization form for residents

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Government of the UAE
Start Date
10/14/2020
Updated
6/12/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory contact-tracing app for Abu Dhabi

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Government of the UAE
Start Date
1/17/2021
Updated
6/12/2021

On Arrival

Mandatory

Health screening on arrival

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Government of the UAE
Start Date
1/27/2021
Updated
6/12/2021
Possible

Quarantine may be required under some conditions

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Description

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated arriving from selected countries are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in UAE. Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on days 6 and 12 from arrival.

Travelers arriving in Dubai or Sharjah must quarantine until receiving negative results from a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival at the airport.

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  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated arriving from selected countries are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in UAE. Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on days 6 and 12 from arrival.

Travelers arriving in Dubai or Sharjah must quarantine until receiving negative results from a COVID-19 test taken upon arrival at the airport.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers from selected countries are not required to quarantine on arrival in Abu Dhabi.
Minimum Number of Days
10 days
Start Date
5/3/2021
Updated
6/12/2021

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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US Embassy for the UAE
Start Date
5/27/2020
Updated
6/12/2021

COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in United Arab Emirates.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
215.43
Decreased by13.25
at 6/13/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
0.80%
Increased by-0.10%
at 6/10/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
51.38%
Increased by51.38%
at 4/20/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
5,081,853
Increased by5,081,853
at 4/20/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.16
Decreased by0.06
at 6/12/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Local guidance varies between each of the Emirates and movement between regions may be restricted. For example, travel into Abu Dabi is restricted and those who enter are subject to COVID-19 testing. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
Status
Required
Severity
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Face masks are required in all public spaces and while on public transport.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
Status
Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating although some interstate travel restrictions are in effect.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
Status
Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Unknown
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We have been unable to verify guidelines relating to the status of bars.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Unknown
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We have been unable to verify guidelines relating to the status of nightclubs.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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