All Emirates of the UAE are welcoming tourists from around the world. Fully vaccinated tourists must have received full doses of any vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). They must undergo a rapid PCR test upon arrival at the airport. They are advised to get their vaccination status verified through the ICA platform or Al Hosn application. Learn more here.
Special rules apply for allowed categories travelling from countries previously on the banned list, such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Uganda and Vietnam. These include:
Their pre-travel PCR test must have been taken 48 hours prior to departure, instead of 72 hours as for travellers from other countries. The test must be conducted by an accredited laboratory and display a QR code.
They must also present a Rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.
They are required to take a second PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
Residence visa holders must have a return approval through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship's (ICA) or GDRFA website. More to follow
Rules for Dubai
Travellers flying to Dubai must follow these rules:
UAE residents, GCC citizens and visitors need to both present the pre-travel PCR test and undergo a test upon arrival, while UAE nationals only need to take the on-arrival test. Learn more about the specific requirements in the COVID-19 test section.
Print and sign a quarantine undertaking form stating their commitment to bear examination & treatment costs in case they have/contract COVID-19, and commit to a quarantine period if found positive.
Download and register their details on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
Additional requirements for tourists:
For tourists, getting medical travel insurance is also mandatory prior to travel in case they don't have international heath insurance.
Additional requirements for returning residents:
Returning residents with Dubai visas who want to arrive at Dubai airport will need to get approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) by submitting a form on its website to be able to come back. Those arriving at Dubai airport with visas issued by other Emirates need to get approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship's (ICA) website.
Visa holders of Emirates other than Dubai should also visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae and submit their passport number and Emirates ID number to verify their visa validity. They will need to present a photocopy of their passport and UAE residence visa upon arrival.
New rules apply on passengers arriving in Dubai from South Africa, Nigeria and India. Learn more here.
Rules for Abu Dhabi and other Emirates
Travellers flying into Abu Dhabi and other Emirates should::
Present a negative certificate of a COVID-19 test at a UAE-approved laboratory, or if that's not available, at a local government-approved lab or facility. You can find a list of suggested facilities at: purehealth.ae. The PCR test validity requirement vary across the emirates (48 hours in most cases). Children under 12 years old and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempt from the testing requirement. Those arriving from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh must use a UAE-approved medical facility for the test.
Sign a mandatory accountability form at departure, which includes a commitment to download the UAE's Al Hosn contact tracing and health testing app. (mainly for Sharjah but may apply for other Emirates).
If they are arriving at Abu Dhabi airport, they no longer need to obtain approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to be able to return. However, if they are arriving at Dubai airport, they still need to get approval from the ICA website if their residence visa has been issued by any Emirate other than Dubai, or from the GDRFA website if they have a Dubai visa. Those arriving at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, also do not need to obtain prior approval. According to Air Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain residence visa holders arriving at Sharjah airport still need to obtain ICA approval, but those with visas from other Emirates do not. However, there hasn't been an official announcement from authorities regarding this yet.
Returning residents should visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae and submit their passport number and Emirates ID number to verify their visa validity. They will also need to present a photocopy of their passport and UAE residence visa upon arrival.
As per the recent decisions of the Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, the following rules apply on all travellers entering Abu Dhabi, including citizens, residents and tourists:
They must provide a negative pre-travel PCR test result issued within 48 hours before departure.
No quarantine required for vaccinated travellers entering Abu Dhabi from all countries.
Those coming from countries on the 'green' list need to take a PCR test on arrival and another test on day 6 if they are staying at the emirate for 6 days or more.
Those arriving from other countries need to take a PCR test on arrival and additional two tests if staying in the emirate: one on day 4 and another one on day 8.
Tourists must verify their vaccination proof through the ICA website or app before boarding. Learn more here.
Those coming from a ‘green’ country need to take 3 post-arrival PCR tests: upon arrival, on day 6 and on day 9. They are not required to quarantine.
Those arriving from other countries need to take a PCR test on arrival and another one on day 9. They are required to quarantine for 10 days.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee have updated some rules regarding the procedures for citizens, residents and tourists entering Abu Dhabi from within the UAE. Learn more here
Participants in the National Vaccination Programme and Phase III clinical trials are exempt from quarantine as long as they have an active icon on Al Hosn app.
Tourists arriving in Ras Al Khaimah must have travel medical insurance and fill in a health disclosure form.