Travel (Entry/Transit) requirements / restrictions to UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah) during COVID-19

What are the requirements / restrictions to travel back to UAE during COVID-19?

Passengers who wish to enter / transit UAE should follow the mentioned criteria.

    1. Negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate (official, digital or printed certificate in English or Arabic)  is required to submit up on arrival to Dubai.
    2. Test must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure.
    3. Digital COVID‑19 certificates are accepted upon arrival at Dubai International airport verification points.
    4. COVID‑19 RT PCR test must be taken from the UAE authorized lab. Passenger can also check here for authorized COVID testing center in Dubai.
    5. COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificates must be issued by an authorised facility in the passenger’s departure country.
    6. Certificates that have already been presented for travel to another destination can’t be used for re‑entry even if they are still within the validity period.
    7. Download the QR code from the original report for the verification purpose which is required to submit at the check-in.
    8. The below listed countries must take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport:
      • Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.
    9. Passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi must download Al Hosn app and who are traveling to Dubai must download DXB Smart App iOSAndroid

Transiting via UAE (Dubai)

  1. Passengers traveling from Afghanistan or Indonesia and transiting via Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate and the test must be taken 48 hours prior to the departure.
  2. Passengers traveling from Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe. and transiting via Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate and the test must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure.
  3. The certificate must include a QR code.
  4. Other than the above mentioned countries, no COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test is required to transit via Dubai

Who are exempted from taking COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test to travel Dubai?

  • UAE nationals *
  • Children under the age of 12
  • passengers who have a moderate or severe disability **

* UAE nationals must be tested on arrival

**Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example: Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures.

Traveling from UK to Dubai

Passengers traveling from UK to Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate and the test must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure.

Traveling from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda to Dubai

  1. Passengers traveling to Dubai must have a valid visa
  2. Must have pre entry approval from GDRFA 
  3. Must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate with QR code and the test must be taken 48 hours prior to the departure.
  4. Passengers with a UAE visa sponsored by “Dubai EXPO 2020” do not require GDFA approval to enter Dubai.
  5. Rapid COVID‑19 PCR test must be conducted with in 6 hours prior to the flight departure.
  6. Passengers who are transiting Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate and the test must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure.

Traveling from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Africa, Vietnam and Zambia to Dubai

Passengers traveling to Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate and the test must be taken 72 hours prior to the departure.

Traveling from Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Namibia and Sierra Leone to Dubai

Passengers traveling to Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate and the test must be taken 48 hours prior to the departure.

Travel requirements from Dubai to Abu Dhabi

For Vaccinated travellers (UAE citizen / resident / tourists):

Arriving from Green list countries

  • Vaccinated travellers traveling to UAE (Dubai / Abu Dhabi) from green listed countries, passengers are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Quarantine is not required.
  • COVID‑19 PCR test must be repeated on the 6th day.
  • Download Alhosn App and upload the required documents

Arriving from Non Green list countries

  • Vaccinated travellers traveling to UAE (Dubai / Abu Dhabi) from non green listed countries, passengers are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Quarantine is required for 7 days.
  • COVID‑19 PCR test must be repeated on the 6th day.

For unvaccinated travellers (UAE citizen / resident / tourists):

Arriving from Green list countries

  • Unvaccinated travellers traveling to UAE (Dubai / Abu Dhabi) from green listed countries, passengers are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Quarantine is not required.
  • COVID‑19 PCR test must be repeated on the 6th day and 9th day.

Arriving from Non Green list countries

  • Vaccinated travellers traveling to UAE (Dubai / Abu Dhabi) from non green listed countries, passengers are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Quarantine is required for 10 days.
  • COVID‑19 PCR test must be repeated on the 9th day.

National Sterilisation Programme in Abu Dhabi

National Sterilisation Programme is currently going in Abu Dhabi from midnight to 5:00am. At this time

  • there will be restriction for public and traffic movements.
  • no public transport services
  • people must stay home. If there is emergency (food or medicine) people can step out of the home.
  • if you want to go outside, you need to apply movement permit from Abu Dhabi Police website
  • travelers coming from the airport can use the airport taxi service to their accommodation without movement permit. Movement permit is required for the personal car.
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