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Middle East > United Arab Emirates: Covid-19 and Travel

United Arab Emirates

Present Situation

Total cases: 547 411

Active cases: 18 259

Recovered: 527 519

Deaths: 1 633

Vaccination count: 11.4 millions

Current trend: Declining

Data updated on 2021-05-18

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
Negative PCR results required for some countries.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Oui
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
 • Masks are required in public spaces
 • Masks are required in public transport

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
The Dubai authorities have issued visit and tourist visas since 6 July 2020. The Abu Dhabi authorities have issued visit and tourist visas since 24 December 2020.

Residents returning to Dubai still need to get approval before travelling. Those returning to other parts of the UAE no longer need to get approval.

From the 31st of January all tourists, visitors and residents travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check-in. Travellers may also be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.

Travellers to Abu Dhabi from high-risk countries must have carried out a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and received a negative result and will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

Travellers entering Abu Dhabi are also required to wear a government-provided wristband, complete a minimum 10-day period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests on day 6 and 12 after their arrival.

Travellers entering Abu Dhabi who have participated in the UAE voluntary COVID19 vaccination programme or have participated in the third phase of clinical vaccination research or who have obtained a mark in the ‘Al Hosn App’ are exempt from quarantine on arrival in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is offering one-year tourist visas. Professionals can now apply for a one-year remote working visa to live in Dubai while remaining employed abroad. For further information check the visit Dubai website.
COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics, including the time frames for undertaking COVID-19 PCR tests before departure with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on British Airways, Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.

Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in the UAE will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days even if they had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned all flights except cargo flights from India for 10 days from April 24 midnight citing unprecedented COVID-19 rise in the country. These regulations can be extended.

Tests: Negative PCR results required for some countries.

Quarantine: Yes
Quarantine or self-isolation required for some travellers.

Information updated on 2021-05-17.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Partial
The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. The UAE has relaxed restrictions at malls, markets, and religious services. Individuals should continue to practice vigilance and wear masks and gloves, while practicing appropriate social distancing.

Mask use
Masks are required in public spaces
Masks are required in public transport

Gatherings: Partially Allowed
Events of more than 5 people banned.

Restaurants and bars: Open with restrictions

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Open


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