UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TRAVEL INFORMATION

The United Arab Emirates has different entry requirements depending on the port of entry.

Dubai is open to international travellers without a mandatory quarantine period. International arrivals to Dubai International Airport must present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. UAE nationals are exempt from taking a PCR test before departing for Dubai. They will be tested on arrival. There are extra requirements for certain high-risk countries.

Only UAE nationals, residents with a valid residence visa, and those who are eligible for a visa on arrival can enter the UAE through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

IMPORTANT: This information may be subject to change at short notice. We recommend that you confirm all requirements with the relevant authorities before proceeding with any travel arrangements.

Pre-arrival

  • If you are not a UAE citizen, before flying you will be required to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 at your departure airport. It must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure.
  • Tourists must download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App before arrival.
  • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory.
  • There are extra restrictions for travellers from certain countries. Please see here for the latest details.

Arrival

  • On arrival, you must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure. 
  • All visitors must fill out a health declaration form. 
  • UAE nationals undergo a test on arrival and must quarantine until they get their results. 
  • Passengers from certain countries may need to take another PCR test on arrival. Please see here for latest updates.

Departure

  • Ensure you have all the required paperwork for onward travel to your next destination.
  • It is recommended to check in online prior to arriving at the airport.
  • Do not get to the airport earlier than four hours before your flight. 
 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I travel to the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, the United Arab Emirates is open for international travel. At present, there are different requirements for arrival in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. All international travellers require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Travellers from certain high-risk countries may face further restrictions and requirements. 

Do I have to book accommodation before I depart
Travellers who require visas must show proof of accommodation to obtain a visa. It is always recommended to book accommodation before arriving in any foreign country.
Do I need a negative PCR test to enter the United Arab Emirates?
Yes, you are required to show your test results from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. UAE nationals are not required to take a test before departure, but must take a test on arrival. Tests must be presented in printed certificate form and must be in Arabic or English.
Do I have to quarantine once I arrive in the United Arab Emirates?
It depends which port of entry and your point of origin. Dubai does not require quarantine for international arrivals with negative PCR test results.
Do I need health insurance to travel to the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, you must have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage. 

Can I get tested for COVID-19 during my stay?
Yes, your resort representative will be able to arrange a PCR test during your stay or before your departure.