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Published on 19.05.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to adopt bitcoin as payment option.

Published on 19.05.2022, Etihad Airways:

Etihad to lift Covid waiver policy as international travel resumes.

Published on 18.05.2022, flydubai:

flydubai is adequately staffed to meet travel demand, says CEO.

Published on 16.05.2022, Etihad Airways:

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Published on 13.05.2022, Emirates:

Over half of Emirates A380s have returned to service.

Published on 13.05.2022, Emirates:

Emirates airline cuts annual loss to $1.06 bln, as travel rebounds..

Published on 12.05.2022, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi:

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi starts seasonal route between Abu Dhabi-Tbilisi, from 16JUN22.

Published on 11.05.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to start paying back Dubai for Its $4 billion lifeline.

Published on 11.05.2022, Emirates:

Emirates Airlines now selling seats to Jamaica.

Published on 11.05.2022, Emirates:

Emirates CEO defends continued flights to Russia.

Published on 10.05.2022, Emirates, RAM:

Emirates and Royal Air Maroc launch codeshare partnership, for more enhanced journeys between Dubai, Casablanca.

Published on 10.05.2022, Wizz Air:

Wizz Air looks to expand Middle East routes with Saudi Arabia deal

Published on 09.05.2022, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi:

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches flights to Trabzon, Turkey.

Published on 09.05.2022, Emirates:

Emirates pax will be able to book seats in new premium economy cabin from 01JUN22, on flights starting 01AUG22.

Published on 09.05.2022, flydubai:

5-weekly flydubai Zagreb flights from June, Seasonal Dubrovnik Line Starts 23JUN22.

Published on 06.05.2022, Etihad Airways:

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways performs 42 ecoflights over five days.

Published on 06.05.2022, flydubai:

flydubai diverts over 33 routes to Dubai World Central through 22JUN22.

Published on 05.05.2022, Etihad:

Etihad - JetBlue codeshare agreement approved by US DoT.

Published on 04.05.2022, flydubai:

flydubai adds Izmir to its network.

Published on 04.05.2022, Emirates:

Dubai's Emirates resumes flights to Bali.

Published on 29.04.2022, Wizz Air:

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, has launched a new route linking Abu Dhabi with Aqaba.

Published on 29.04.2022, flydubai:

flydubai to operate over 2,200 flights during Eid break.

Published on 28.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates plans extra flights to meet demand.

Published on 28.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates increases flights to Mexico City.

Published on 27.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates Plans Extra Flights To Meet Eid Travel Demand.

Published on 27.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates widens fleet refurbish plan amid delays to new deliveries.

Published on 25.04.2022, Etihad Airways:

Etihad publishes its 2020-2021 sustainability report

Published on 21.04.2022, Etihad Airways:

Etihad Airways Launches More Comprehensive Environmental Testing.

Published on 20.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates boosts Algiers service with four nonstop weekly frequencies effective 01MAY22.

Published on 20.04.2022, Flydubai:

Flydubai will resume flights from Dubai to Gassim on 01MAY22.

Published on 19.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates boosts flights with Algeria.

Published on 19.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates will keep flying to Russia unless its owner stops it.

Published on 15.04.2022, Etihad Airways:

Etihad Airways may transfer A321neos to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

Published on 14.04.2022, flydubai:

flydubai to resume Boeing 737 flights to Taif, Saudi Arabia.

Published on 13.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to increase Lagos, Abuja flights, effective 01JUL22.

Published on 13.04.2022, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi:

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi expands India network.

Published on 12.04.2022, flydubai:

flydubai receives one new 737 MAX 8.

Published on 08.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates Increases Frequencies to Abuja, Lagos.

Published on 08.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to operate five additional flights between Dubai and Kuwait.

Published on 07.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates increases flights into Nigeria.

Published on 07.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to restore third London link by resuming Stansted flights in August.

Published on 07.04.2022, Emirates, Etihad:

Emirates, Etihad see airline industry recovery next year.

Published on 07.04.2022, Etihad:

Etihad Airways chief says latent travel demand higher than at any other time.

Published on 07.04.2022, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi:

Wizz Air has launched flights from Abu Dhabi to Budapest, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Vienna, Katowice, Catania and Bari.

Published on 06.04.2022, Etihad:

With restrictions on 90% of its network, Etihad’s 'Verified To Fly' is here to stay.

Published on 06.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to restart services to: Bali, from 01MAY22; London Stansted, from 01AUG22; Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires from 02NOV22.

Published on 05.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates to operate twice daily A380 flights to Mauritius from July 1, 2022

Published on 05.04.2022, Emirates:

Jamaica and Emirates Airlines in talks – to build new partnerships

Published on 04.04.2022, Etihad:

Etihad will be a test bed for sustainable technology

Published on 04.04.2022, Emirates:

Emirates offers to help Abuja in setting up Nigeria Air.

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  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: COVID-19 PCR test requirement lifted for vaccinated travelers arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport (The National News, 07.03.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and all travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics before departure with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on
    British Airways, Emiratesand Etihad websites.
    With effect from 26 February, travellers to the UAE do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before they travel if they are fully vaccinated or:
    • They hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure
    • They are under 16 years of age for arrivals in Abu Dhabi or under 12 years of age for arrivals in Dubai
    • They have severe disabilities
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling arriving in the UAE must still have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in if:
    • They are not fully vaccinated and do not hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate
    • They are transiting the UAE and a test is required at their final destination
    Travellers arriving in the UAE may be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and travellers arriving in Dubai will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. The only type of COVID-19 test result that is recognised by the UAE authorities is a COVID-19 PCR test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the
    UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates webpage and on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the
    UAE Government Portal. You should arrange to take a private test.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: There are different rules depending on where in the United Arab Emirates you are travelling to.
    Entry to Abu Dhabi if you’re fully vaccinated: Vaccination is not a condition of entry.
    Further information is available on the
    UAE Government Portal and Etihad Airways website.
    With effect from 28 February 2022, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the removal of EDE scanners and removed the requirement for a ‘Green Pass’ to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website .
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the
    Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service < /a> prior to travel and download the Al Hosn App.
    Entry to Dubai if you’re fully vaccinated: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are different rules depending on where in the United Arab Emirates you are travelling to.
    Entry to Abu Dhabi if you’re not fully vaccinated: If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a PCR test 48 hours before your flight to Abu Dhabi, and it’s optional for you to take a PCR test when you arrive at the airport. You may not be permitted to enter public places in Abu Dhabi if you are not fully vaccinated. Further information is available on the
    Etihad Airlines website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office websiteand on the
    Emirates News Agency website.
    Entry to Dubai if you’re not fully vaccinated: With effect from 26 February unvaccinated travellers to Dubai may be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Further information is available on the Emirates Airlines website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Dubai may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the
    Emirates Airlines website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Residents of Dubai: Further information about what returning Dubai residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website< /a>.
    If you’re transiting through UAE: If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    If you are transiting through Dubai: Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the
    Dubai Media Office website.
    Exemptions: Children under 12 years arriving in Dubai or under 16 years arriving in Abu Dhabi and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Children under the age of 12 arriving in Dubai or under the age of 16 arriving in Abu Dhabi and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Cruise ships: A small number of cruise operators have restarted calls into some ports in the UAE. You should talk to your cruise operator about arranging COVID-19 PCR testing if necessary.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 28 February 2022, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the removal of EDE scanners and removed the requirement for a ‘Green Pass’ to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. With effect from 26 February the rules for mask wearing have changed and although mask wearing remains mandatory in public indoor spaces it is now optional when outdoors. Further information is available on the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19.
    From 17 March 2022, non-vaccinated visitors to events, tourist attractions and cultural sites in Abu Dhabi may now enter with a negative PCR test received within 48 hours. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website
    and on the Etihad Airways website.

    Read more
    18.03.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and all travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics before departure with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on British Airways, Emirates and Etihad websites.
    With effect from 26 February, travellers to the UAE do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before they travel if they are fully vaccinated or:
    • They hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure
    • They are under 16 years of age for arrivals in Abu Dhabi or under 12 years of age for arrivals in Dubai
    • They have severe disabilities
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in the UAE must still have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in if:
    • They are not fully vaccinated and do not hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate
    • They are transiting in Abu Dhabi and a test is required at their final destination
    Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
    Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates webpage. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government PortalYou should arrange to take a private test.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: There are different rules depending on where in the United Arab Emirates you are travelling to.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi if you’re fully vaccinated: Vaccination is not a condition of entry.
    With effect from 3 January 2022 vaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival but will not be required to quarantine. Further information is available on the UAE Government Portal and Etihad Airways website .
    With effect from 28 February 2022, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the removal of EDE scanners and the requirement for a ‘Green Pass’ to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website .
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website
    and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service
    prior to travel. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on theEtihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Entry to Dubai if you’re fully vaccinated: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website .Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are different rules depending on where in the United Arab Emirates you are travelling to.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi if you’re not fully vaccinated: With effect from 26 February unvaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Entry to Dubai if you’re not fully vaccinated: With effect from 26 February unvaccinated travellers to Dubai may be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Further information is available on theEmirates Airlines website .
    The rules for entering and remaining in Dubai may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Emirates Airlines website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Residents of Dubai: Further information about what returning Dubai residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website
    *Children and young people
    Children under 12 years arriving in Dubai or under 16 years arriving in Abu Dhabi and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Children under the age of 12 arriving in Dubai or under the age of 16 arriving in Abu Dhabi and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    *If you’re transiting through UAE: If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    If you are transiting through Dubai: Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website
    *Exemptions: Children under 12 years arriving in Dubai or under 16 years arriving in Abu Dhabi and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Children under the age of 12 arriving in Dubai or under the age of 16 arriving in Abu Dhabi and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The United Arab Emirates announced that it will lift a travel ban on its vaccinated citizens to travel to twelve African countries. The countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website .
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    04.03.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: COVID-19 entry requirements may change at short notice, and all travellers to the UAE are strongly encouraged to check the specifics before departure with their airline before they travel. Further details are available on British Airways, Emirates and Etihad websites.
    With effect from 26 February, travellers to the UAE do not need to take a COVID-19 PCR test before they travel if they are fully vaccinated or:
    • They hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure
    • They are under 16 years of age
    • They have severe disabilities
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in the UAE must still have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in if:
    • They are not fully vaccinated and do not hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate
    • They are transiting in Abu Dhabi and a test is required at their final destination
    Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.
    Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates webpage. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: There are different rules depending on where in the United Arab Emirates you are travelling to.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi if you’re fully vaccinated: Vaccination is not a condition of entry.

    With effect from 3 January 2022 vaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival but will not be required to quarantine. Further information is available on the UAE Government Portal and Etihad Airways website.
    With effect from 28 February 2022, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the removal of EDE scanners and the requirement for a ‘Green Pass’ to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website
    and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service < /a>
    prior to travel. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the
    Al Hosn App and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate.

    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Entry to Dubai if you’re fully vaccinated: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are different rules depending on where in the United Arab Emirates you are travelling to.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi if you’re not fully vaccinated: With effect from 26 February unvaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Entry to Dubai if you’re not fully vaccinated: With effect from 26 February unvaccinated travellers to Dubai may be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Further information is available on the Emirates Airlines website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Dubai may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Emirates Airlines website
    and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Residents of Dubai: Further information about what returning Dubai residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    *Children and young people: Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    *If you’re transiting through UAE: If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    *If you are transiting through Dubai: Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website.
    *Exemptions: Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The United Arab Emirates announced that it will lift a travel ban on its vaccinated citizens to travel to twelve African countries. The countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website .
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    01.03.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling arriving in the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. The PCR test needs to be taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: With effect from 3 January 2022 vaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, on day four and on day eight but will not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and have a COVID-19 PCR test on day nine. Further information is available on the UAE Government Portal and Etihad Airways website
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the
    Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via theICA Smart Travel Service
    prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test up to 48 hours before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App
    and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK was removed from this list on 3 January 2022. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and on the Etihad Airlines website
    including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website .
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: A small number of cruise operators have restarted calls into some ports in the UAE. A negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required in order to disembark for tours or to depart the ship at the end of a cruise. You should talk to your cruise operator about arranging COVID-19 PCR testing.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website .
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    26.01.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday announced new travel rules and made booster shots mandatory to enter the emirate.

    This comes amid the massive spike in the Covid-19 cases worldwide and the new highly transmissible variant Omicron, the UAE is witnessing a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.

    In the official statement, the Abu Dhabi government also said that one must have tested ‘negative’ for the coronavirus within the last two weeks to maintain their ‘green’ status within the emirate.

    Abu Dhabi New Travel Rules
    The government’s health app had earlier this week said that people entering the capital city of the UAE must possess a ‘green pass’, confirming their vaccination status.

    This app has now been updated to include the booster shot to attain the ‘green status’.

    As per the new updates on the app visitors are no longer considered fully vaccinated unless they have received a booster at least six months after their second dose.

    Those wishing to enter Abu Dhabi also must have have tested negative for the virus within the last two weeks to maintain their “green” status.

    The emirate has taken a stricter approach to the virus than neighboring Dubai, the freewheeling tourism-dependent hub.

    Abu Dhabi requires that residents show their green pass before entering public places or government buildings.

    The UAE boasts among the world’s highest vaccination rates per capita. The country has fully vaccinated more than 90% of its population, health authorities have said.

    Read more
    20.01.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Authorities will ban non-vaccinated citizens from traveling abroad from 10 January (Reuters, 01.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Emirates suspends flights from Accra to Dubai indefinitely because of COVID-19.

    From 28DEC21, travellers originating from Angola and Guinea would be restricted from entering or transiting through Dubai until further notice. Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to these destinations remain unaffected.
    From 26DEC21, the airline stopped accepting passengers for flights to or through Dubai from Kenya (NBO), Ethiopia (ADD) and Tanzania (DAR).
    From 16DEC21, airlines shall ensure that the passengers from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia comply with the following:
    1. Destination Dubai a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; b) For direct passengers: present a rapid PCR test report conducted at the departure airport prior to 6 hours of departure, provided with QR code system; c) For transit passengers: present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system; d) Undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai and sel-quarantine until th enegative test result is out.
    2. Transit through Dubai: a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system.
    Authorities continue to suspend entry into the UAE for all travelers and transit passengers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. All travelers who have been in these countries within the previous 14 days prior to planned arrival into the UAE will be barred from entry. Exceptions to this order include UAE citizens, diplomatic missions, official delegations, and golden residence holders. Permitted arrivals in the UAE from these countries must: Present a negative PCR test obtained no more than 48 hours prior to departure for the UAE; Quarantine for 10 days, irrespective of the result of the initial PCR test. Official delegations are exempt from this requirement. Quarantining persons must present a second negative PCR test on the ninth day of quarantine. With limited exceptions, all UAE citizens are prohibited from travel to the seven impacted African countries.
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. The PCR test needs to be taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: With effect from 3 January 2022 vaccinated travellers from the UK to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, on day four and on day eight but will not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from the UK will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and have a COVID-19 PCR test on day nine. Further information is available on the UAE Government Portal and Etihad Airways website.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test up to 48 hours before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK was removed from this list on 3 January 2022. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: A small number of cruise operators have restarted calls into some ports in the UAE. A negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required in order to disembark for tours or to depart the ship at the end of a cruise. You should talk to your cruise operator about arranging COVID-19 PCR testing. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website .
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    07.01.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Authorities will ban non-vaccinated citizens from traveling abroad from 10 January (Reuters, 01.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Emirates suspends flights from Accra to Dubai indefinitely because of COVID-19.

    From 28DEC21, travellers originating from Angola and Guinea would be restricted from entering or transiting through Dubai until further notice. Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to these destinations remain unaffected.
    From 26DEC21, the airline stopped accepting passengers for flights to or through Dubai from Kenya (NBO), Ethiopia (ADD) and Tanzania (DAR).
    From 16DEC21, airlines shall ensure that the passengers from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia comply with the following:
    1. Destination Dubai a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; b) For direct passengers: present a rapid PCR test report conducted at the departure airport prior to 6 hours of departure, provided with QR code system; c) For transit passengers: present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system; d) Undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai and sel-quarantine until th enegative test result is out.
    2. Transit through Dubai: a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system.
    Authorities continue to suspend entry into the UAE for all travelers and transit passengers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. All travelers who have been in these countries within the previous 14 days prior to planned arrival into the UAE will be barred from entry. Exceptions to this order include UAE citizens, diplomatic missions, official delegations, and golden residence holders. Permitted arrivals in the UAE from these countries must: Present a negative PCR test obtained no more than 48 hours prior to departure for the UAE; Quarantine for 10 days, irrespective of the result of the initial PCR test. Official delegations are exempt from this requirement. Quarantining persons must present a second negative PCR test on the ninth day of quarantine. With limited exceptions, all UAE citizens are prohibited from travel to the seven impacted African countries.
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors arriving in the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. The PCR test needs to be taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: With effect from 3 January 2022 vaccinated travellers to Abu Dhabi will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, on day four and on day eight but will not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from will be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and have a COVID-19 PCR test on day nine. Further information is available on the UAE Government Portal and Etihad Airways website.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service
    prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test up to 48 hours before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App
    and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List
    will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK will be removed from this list on 3 January 2022. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee
    has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal
    and on the Etihad Airlines website
    including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website
    .
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
    The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website .
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

    Read more
    02.01.2022
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Emirati government bars several airlines conveying Nigerian passengers to the country as diplomatic row deepens (Sahara Reporters, 13.12.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    From 28DEC21, travellers originating from Angola and Guinea would be restricted from entering or transiting through Dubai until further notice. Outbound passenger operations from Dubai to these destinations remain unaffected.
    From 26DEC21, the airline stopped accepting passengers for flights to or through Dubai from Kenya (NBO), Ethiopia (ADD) and Tanzania (DAR).
    From 16DEC21, airlines shall ensure that the passengers from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia comply with the following:
    1. Destination Dubai a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; b) For direct passengers: present a rapid PCR test report conducted at the departure airport prior to 6 hours of departure, provided with QR code system; c) For transit passengers: present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system; d) Undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai and sel-quarantine until th enegative test result is out.
    2. Transit through Dubai: a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system.
    Authorities continue to suspend entry into the UAE for all travelers and transit passengers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. All travelers who have been in these countries within the previous 14 days prior to planned arrival into the UAE will be barred from entry. Exceptions to this order include UAE citizens, diplomatic missions, official delegations, and golden residence holders. Permitted arrivals in the UAE from these countries must: Present a negative PCR test obtained no more than 48 hours prior to departure for the UAE; Quarantine for 10 days, irrespective of the result of the initial PCR test. Official delegations are exempt from this requirement. Quarantining persons must present a second negative PCR test on the ninth day of quarantine. With limited exceptions, all UAE citizens are prohibited from travel to the seven impacted African countries.
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi operates a system of ‘green list’ countries, ‘non-green list’ countries and ‘travel corridors’ and different procedures will apply depending on the country that you have travelled from and your vaccination status. Quarantine and testing requirements vary and may change over time. Further information about COVID19 procedures for Abu Dhabi for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app
    for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service
    prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test up to 48 hours before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App
    and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List
    will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK is included on this list but may be removed at short notice. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee
    has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband.
    Unvaccinated travellers, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal
    and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website. With effect from 30 December, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has also updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE by requiring a ‘green pass’ on the AlHosn app for vaccinated individuals and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours for those who are not vaccinated. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Officer website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website .
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Emirati government bars several airlines conveying Nigerian passengers to the country as diplomatic row deepens (Sahara Reporters, 13.12.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Dubai: Update of Inbound and tranist passenger operations from 9 African countries. Effective 15 December 2021 23:59 hrs, airlines shall ensure that the passengers from Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia comply with the following:
    1. Destination Dubai a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; b) For direct passengers: present a rapid PCR test report conducted at the departure airport prior to 6 hours of departure, provided with QR code system; c) For transit passengers: present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system; d) Undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai and sel-quarantine until th enegative test result is out.
    2. Transit through Dubai: a) present a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate that is issued within 48 hours from approved health service, which use QR code; present a Rapid PCR test conducted 6 hours prior to the last point of departure provided with QR code system.
    Authorities continue to suspend entry into the UAE for all travelers and transit passengers from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. All travelers who have been in these countries within the previous 14 days prior to planned arrival into the UAE will be barred from entry. Exceptions to this order include UAE citizens, diplomatic missions, official delegations, and golden residence holders. Permitted arrivals in the UAE from these countries must: Present a negative PCR test obtained no more than 48 hours prior to departure for the UAE; Quarantine for 10 days, irrespective of the result of the initial PCR test. Official delegations are exempt from this requirement. Quarantining persons must present a second negative PCR test on the ninth day of quarantine. With limited exceptions, all UAE citizens are prohibited from travel to the seven impacted African countries.
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi operates a system of ‘green list’ countries, ‘non-green list’ countries and ‘travel corridors’ and different procedures will apply depending on the country that you have travelled from and your vaccination status. Quarantine and testing requirements vary and may change over time. Further information about COVID19 procedures for Abu Dhabi for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test up to 48 hours before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK is included on this list but may be removed at short notice. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband.
    Unvaccinated travellers, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    With effect from 19 December 2021, Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE and approved the use of ‘EDE scanners’ at entry points. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be referred to an on-site testing centre, where they will be given a free antigen test. More information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website
    The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.

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    21.12.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.
    Residents, tourists and visitors arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage . Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi operates a system of ‘green list’ countries, ‘non-green list’ countries and ‘travel corridors’ and different procedures will apply depending on the country that you have travelled from and your vaccination status. Quarantine and testing requirements vary and may change over time. Further information about COVID19 procedures for Abu Dhabi for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website. Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE, for vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, effective from 19 September and removed the requirement for a COVID19 PCR test. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test up to 48 hours before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, download the Al Hosn App and take further PCR tests if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival. Further information is available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband. Unvaccinated travellers, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai including information about testing before departure, testing on arrival and quarantine is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions may be affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE, for vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, effective from 19 September and removed the requirement for a COVID19 PCR test. 2021. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory in most places when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. On 22 September 2021, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres. Click here for more information.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19. In Abu Dhabi, students aged 16 years and above are required to be vaccinated to enter school.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. A green pass is acquired and maintained by full vaccination and regular negative PCR tests. Medical exemptions from vaccinations and PCR testing may apply. The AlHosn app is the UAE’s official app related to COVID-19. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.

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  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the
    UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE, for vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, effective from 19 September and removed the requirement for a COVID19 PCR test. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi may change at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, and take further tests on days 4 and 8, if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi Green List will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved home quarantine without the use of wristbands for international travellers and those in contact with positive cases with effect from 19 September 2021. Positive cases must still wear a wristband.
    Unvaccinated travellers, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the
    UAE Government Portal and
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the
    Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the
    Government of Dubai website
    including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the
    Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website
    . Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a
    Health Declaration Form and a
    >Quarantine Form Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
    The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an
    enhanced member health policy
    which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Visas: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has a visa hotline: +971 (0)9 208 3344.
    If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. You can find out further information about visas on the
    General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website
    for Dubai or the
    /a>
    Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website< for the rest of the UAE. If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the neares UAE Embassy for advice.
    All individuals who wish to remain in the UAE beyond the validity of their visa must contact the
    General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or the
    Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE well in advance or they may be subject to fines for overstaying.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website
    . Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE, for vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, effective Friday, 20 August 2021. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. The Alhosn app is the UAE’s official app related to Covid-19. Further information is available on the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    23.09.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    You should not use the testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Laser-Based Diffractive Phase Interferometry (DPI) test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 3 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Effective from Sunday 5 September 2021, all vaccinated visitors can travel quarantine-free to Abu Dhabi. Vaccines must be on the list of World Health Organisation (WHO) approved vaccines.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, and take further tests on days 4 and 8, if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. This means that all unvaccinated arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
    Unvaccinated travellers, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website. On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the procedure to enter Abu Dhabi emirate from within the UAE, for vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, effective Friday, 20 August 2021. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments across the UAE are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2021/22 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some schools may close or move to remote learning if there are outbreaks of COVID-19.
    Abu Dhabi Emirate has made it mandatory for residents aged 16 years and above and international tourists to have a “green pass” on the “AlHosn” app in order to access public places. The Alhosn app is the UAE’s official app related to Covid-19. Further information is available on the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    15.09.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test before departure and present the certificate at check in. These need to be taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Dubai and no more than 48 hours prior to departure for arrivals to Abu Dhabi. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 updates is available on the UAE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    You should not use the testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Laser-Based Diffractive Phase Interferometry (DPI) test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 3 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and at short notice. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    Effective from Sunday 5 September 2021, all vaccinated visitors can travel quarantine-free to Abu Dhabi. Vaccines must be on the list of World Health Organisation (WHO) approved vaccines.
    Visitors must register via the ICA Smart Travel Service prior to travel and take a COVID-19 PCR test before they fly. Vaccination is not a condition of entry. Visitors will also need to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International airport without the need to quarantine, and take further tests on days 4 and 8, if staying in the emirate. Children under 12 years and individuals with official exemptions do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival.
    Arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate regardless of their vaccine status. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. This means that all unvaccinated arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
    Unvaccinated travellers, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9.
    More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website. On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19):
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and further changes will come into effect from 19 July 2021. These include the introduction of strictly enforced overnight curfews and sterilisation (sanitation) regimes, including journeys being permitted only for essential reasons during certain times. You should check the current requirement from theAbu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed temporarily following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although most have now reopened with COVID-19 measures in place.
    The introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ on the ‘Al HOSN’ App for access to public places in Abu Dhabi has been temporarily suspended. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.

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    10.09.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: United Arab Emirates bans entry for travelers from Indonesia, Afghanistan from 11 July because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.07.2021). India, Emirates: Emirates extend its COVID-19-related suspension of passenger flights from India until 15JUL21 (The National News, 03.07.2021). United Arab Emirates extends COVID-19-related suspension of flights from 14 countries through 21 July (Bol News, 26.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Laser-Based Diffractive Phase Interferometry (DPI) test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 3 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and further changes will come into effect from 19 July 2021. These include the introduction of strictly enforced overnight curfews and sterilisation (sanitation) regimes, including journeys being permitted only for essential reasons during certain times. You should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for up to 12 days on arrival, depending on their vaccination status, although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. This means that all arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
    Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay and vaccination status, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal
    and Abu Dhabi Media Office website
    . Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website .
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
    The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy
    which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Visas: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has a visa hotline: +971 (0)9 208 3344.
    If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. You can find out further information about visas on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or theFederal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE.
    If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy for advice.
    All individuals who wish to remain in the UAE beyond the validity of their visa must contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE well in advance or they may be subject to fines for overstaying.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 18 January, all travellers from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and further changes will come into effect from 19 July 2021. These include the introduction of strictly enforced overnight curfews and sterilisation (sanitation) regimes, including journeys being permitted only for essential reasons during certain times. You should check the current requirement from theAbu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed temporarily following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although most have now reopened with COVID-19 measures in place.
    The introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ on the ‘Al HOSN’ App for access to public places in Abu Dhabi has been temporarily suspended. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.

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    19.07.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: United Arab Emirates bans entry for travelers from Indonesia, Afghanistan from 11 July because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 11.07.2021). India, Emirates: Emirates extend its COVID-19-related suspension of passenger flights from India until 15JUL21 (The National News, 03.07.2021). United Arab Emirates extends COVID-19-related suspension of flights from 14 countries through 21 July (Bol News, 26.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test or Laser-Based Diffractive Phase Interferometry (DPI) test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 3 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for up to 12 days on arrival, depending on their vaccination status, although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. This means that all arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
    Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay and vaccination status, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website
    including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website .
    Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Visas: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has a visa hotline: +971 (0)9 208 3344.
    If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. You can find out further information about visas on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website
    for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE.
    If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy for advice.
    All individuals who wish to remain in the UAE beyond the validity of their visa must contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website
    for the rest of the UAE well in advance or they may be subject to fines for overstaying.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    With effect from 18 January, all travellers to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website
    All travellers departing from the UAE to the UK will also be required to complete the UK Government Public Health Passenger Locator Form online
    and provide a printed copy at the airport before departing the UAE.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and further changes will come into effect from 19 July 2021. You should check the current requirement from the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website and on the
    Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed temporarily following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although most have now reopened with COVID-19 measures in place.
    The introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ on the ‘Al HOSN’ App for access to public places in Abu Dhabi has been temporarily suspended. Further information is available on the
    Abu Dhabi Media Office website.

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    16.07.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: India, Emirates: Emirates extend its COVID-19-related suspension of passenger flights from India until 15JUL21 (The National News, 03.07.2021). United Arab Emirates extends COVID-19-related suspension of flights from 14 countries through 21 July (Bol News, 26.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 6 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for up to 12 days on arrival, depending on their vaccination status, although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. The UK was removed from this list on 13 June 2021. This means that all arrivals in Abu Dhabi from the UK will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.
    Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine and, depending on the length of their stay and vaccination status, have up to two further COVID-19 PCR tests. More information about quarantine and testing requirements for travellers to Abu Dhabi is available on the UAE Government Portal and Abu Dhabi Media Office website. Further information is also available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Visas: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) has a visa hotline: +971 (0)9 208 3344.
    If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. You can find out further information about visas on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website
    for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE.

    If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy
    for advice. All individuals who wish to remain in the UAE beyond the validity of their visa must contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website for Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website for the rest of the UAE well in advance or they may be subject to fines for overstaying.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 18 January, all travellers to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales
    from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website.
    All travellers departing from the UAE to the UK will also be required to complete the UK Government Public Health Passenger Locator Form online and provide a printed copy at the airport before departing the UAE.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary betwTeen each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply.
    The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room.
    Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed temporarily following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although most have now reopened with COVID-19 measures in place.
    The introduction of the ‘Green Pass’ on the ‘Al HOSN’ App for access to public places in Abu Dhabi has been temporarily suspended. Further information is available on the Abu Dhabi Media Office website.

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    07.07.2021
  • United Arab Emirates 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter. – This does not apply to: – nationals and residents of United Arab Emirates; – domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with
    the first degree family members of the sponsor; – passengers with an entry permit issued by United Arab Emirates; – passengers traveling as tourists to Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ)
    with a return/onward ticket; – nationals and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia; – nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program and
    traveling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a pre-arranged visa or a pre-approval to enter; – nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium,
    Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
    Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius,
    Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
    Solomon Isl., Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See), passengers with a British passport with nationality
    “British Citizen” and passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH); – nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit
    issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH); – passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa; – passengers traveling to Abu
    Dhabi (AUH) with a tourist visa issued by Abu Dhabi; – passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) and arriving from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s
    Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Greenland, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova
    (Rep.), Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA or Uzbekistan with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate; – nationals of
    Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.

    2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda or Zambia are not
    allowed to enter and transit. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first degree family members; – passengers with a diplomatic or an official
    passport traveling on duty; – passengers with a golden visa or a silver visa issued by United Arab Emirates.

    3. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Viet Nam are not allowed to enter and transit. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first
    degree family members; – passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty; – passengers with a golden visa or a silver visa issued by United Arab Emirates; –
    passengers with a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 28 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK
    Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

    4. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Nigeria or South Africa are not allowed to enter and transit. – This does not apply to: – nationals of
    United Arab Emirates; – passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty with an official letter from the MOFA of United Arab Emirates.

    5. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB): – are subject to medical screening, and – must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.

    6. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.

    7. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a Golden Residence Card or a residency visa returning to Dubai (DXB) must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at
    https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx .

    8. Residents of United Arab Emirates must have an ICA approval obtained at https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae before departure. – This does not apply to passengers returning to Dubai
    (DXB).

    9. Passengers entering or transiting through United Arab Emirates who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan,
    Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. The test result must be issued by an
    approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code. – This does not apply
    to: – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    10. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United
    Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the
    departure country. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon,
    Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    11. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
    departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on
    https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must have a QR code. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 12
    years; – passengers with disabilities.

    12. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Nigeria must: – have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct
    flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory
    accredited by Nigeria; or – have a printed negative COVID-19 rapid test taken at most 4 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. – This does not
    apply to: – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    13. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia,
    Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro,
    Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan,
    Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct
    flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory
    accredited by the departure country. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    14. Passengers entering Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab
    Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the
    departure country. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities; – passengers arriving from
    Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.

    15. Passengers entering Sharjah (SHJ) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The
    test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
    – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities; – passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo
    (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.

    16. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to
    United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited
    by the departure country. Passengers arriving from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan must have a QR code in the test result. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 12
    years; – passengers with disabilities; – passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam
    or Zambia.

    17. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia,
    Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.),
    Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan,
    Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.

    18. Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.

    19. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB), or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine.

    20. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.

    21. Expired residence permits issued by the United Arab Emirates that have been extended until December 2020 are accepted for entry. Passengers must present proof of the extended
    validity.

    22. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an ‘Isolation Exemption Certificate’.

    23. Passengers are allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for a maximum of 24 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12
    hours.

    24. Nationals of Nigeria must have a return ticket, and a hotel booking or proof of accommodation address for the period of intended stay. – This does not apply to passengers with
    a resident visa.

    25. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.

    26. Flights from Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Uganda, Viet Nam, Yemen and Zambia are suspended.

    27. Until 2 July 2021, flights from Nigeria and South Africa are suspended.

    28. Airline crew without a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to quarantine
    until their next flight.

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    23.06.2021
  • United Arab Emirates 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter. – This does not apply to: – nationals and residents of United Arab Emirates; – domestic helpers who are traveling with the sponsor or with
    the first degree family members of the sponsor; – passengers with an entry permit issued by United Arab Emirates; – passengers traveling as tourists to Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ)
    with a return/onward ticket; – nationals and residents of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia; – nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program and
    traveling to Dubai (DXB). They must have a pre-arranged visa or a pre-approval to enter; – nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium,
    Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
    Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius,
    Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
    Solomon Isl., Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vatican City (Holy See), passengers with a British passport with nationality
    “British Citizen” and passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport, traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH); – nationals of India with a visa issued by the USA or with a residence permit
    issued by USA, United Kingdom or an EU Member State traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH); – passengers traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with a resident visa; – passengers traveling to Abu
    Dhabi (AUH) with a tourist visa issued by Abu Dhabi; – passengers who are traveling to Abu Dhabi (AUH) and arriving from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, China
    (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Germany, Greenland, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova (Rep.),
    Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, USA or Uzbekistan with a pre-arranged visa issued by any emirate; – nationals of
    Indonesia traveling under the Safe Travel Corridor program. They must have an entry permit and a return ticket.

    2. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda or Zambia are not allowed to enter and transit. – This
    does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first degree family members; – passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty; – passengers
    with a golden visa or a silver visa issued by United Arab Emirates.

    3. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in Viet Nam are not allowed to enter and transit. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates and their first
    degree family members; – passengers with a diplomatic or an official passport traveling on duty; – passengers with a golden visa or a silver visa issued by United Arab Emirates; –
    passengers with a vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 28 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK
    Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covieshield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

    4. Passengers who in the past 14 days have been in or transited through Nigeria or South Africa are not allowed to enter and transit. – This does not apply to: – nationals of
    United Arab Emirates; – passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty with an official letter from the MOFA of United Arab Emirates.

    5. Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB): – are subject to medical screening, and – must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.

    6. Passengers traveling as tourists arriving at Dubai (DXB) or Sharjah (SHJ) must have health insurance.

    7. Residents of United Arab Emirates with a Golden Residence Card or a residency visa returning to Dubai (DXB) must have a GDRFA approval obtained before departure at
    https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx .

    8. Residents of United Arab Emirates must have an ICA approval obtained at https://uaeentry.ica.gov.ae before departure. – This does not apply to passengers returning to Dubai
    (DXB).

    9. Passengers entering or transiting through United Arab Emirates who in the past 14 days have been in Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda,
    Viet Nam or Zambia must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. The test result must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on
    https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must also have a QR code. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than
    12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    10. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United
    Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the
    departure country. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nepal,
    Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    11. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before
    departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on
    https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country. The test result must have a QR code. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 12
    years; – passengers with disabilities.

    12. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Nigeria must: – have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct
    flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory
    accredited by Nigeria; or – have a printed negative COVID-19 rapid test taken at most 4 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. – This does not
    apply to: – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    13. Passengers transiting through Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia,
    Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro,
    Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan,
    Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct
    flight to United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory
    accredited by the departure country. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities.

    14. Passengers entering Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab
    Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the
    departure country. – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities; – passengers arriving from
    Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.

    15. Passengers entering Sharjah (SHJ) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to United Arab Emirates. The
    test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited by the departure country.
    – This does not apply to: – nationals of United Arab Emirates; – passengers younger than 12 years; – passengers with disabilities; – passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo
    (Dem. Rep.), India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.

    16. Passengers entering or transiting through Abu Dhabi (AUH) must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to
    United Arab Emirates. The test result must be in Arabic or English and must be issued by an approved laboratory listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae or a laboratory accredited
    by the departure country. Passengers arriving from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon or Sudan must have a QR code in the test result. – This does not apply to: – passengers younger than 12
    years; – passengers with disabilities; – passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Viet Nam or Zambia.

    17. Passengers entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia,
    Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova (Rep.),
    Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan,
    Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Zambia or Zimbabwe are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.

    18. Nationals of United Arab Emirates entering Dubai (DXB) or Al Maktoum (DWC) are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.

    19. Passengers entering Abu Dhabi (AUH), Al Maktoum (DWC), Dubai (DXB), or Sharjah (SHJ) could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine.

    20. Visa on arrival facilities at Abu Dhabi (AUH) restarted.

    21. Expired residence permits issued by the United Arab Emirates that have been extended until December 2020 are accepted for entry. Passengers must present proof of the extended
    validity.

    22. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling under the Fast Track program must have an ‘Isolation Exemption Certificate’.

    23. Passengers are allowed to transit through Abu Dhabi (AUH) for a maximum of 24 hours. Passengers must have a confirmed airside hotel booking if their transit time exceeds 12
    hours.

    24. Nationals of Nigeria must have a return ticket, and a hotel booking or proof of accommodation address for the period of intended stay. – This does not apply to passengers with
    a resident visa.

    25. Passengers arriving at Sharjah (SHJ) must download the ALHOSN App.

    26. Flights from Congo (Dem. Rep.), India, Uganda, Viet Nam, Yemen and Zambia are suspended.

    27. Until 18 June 2021, flights from Nigeria and South Africa are suspended .

    28. Airline crew without a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to quarantine
    until their next flight.

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    16.06.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Green List: six new countries added to quarantine-free list

    Abu Dhabi has updated its Green List, which includes countries from where travellers can fly without having to quarantine in the UAE capital.

    The latest names on the list are:

    Azerbaijan
    Germany
    Kyrgyzstan
    Moldova
    Spain
    US
    It’s the first time that the Abu Dhabi Green List has been updated in almost a month. The last update was on Sunday, April 25.

    There are now 29 countries and destinations on the list from where travellers can fly to the UAE without the need to self-isolate. Passengers arriving from these destinations need only to undergo PCR testing on arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport.

    Anyone visiting from a country not on the Green List must quarantine as part of Abu Dhabi’s Covid-19 regulations. Vaccinated travellers need to quarantine for five days, while other travellers must self-isolate for 10 days.

    Australia

    Azerbaijan

    Bhutan

    Brunei

    China

    Cuba

    Germany

    Greenland

    Hong Kong (SAR)

    Iceland

    Israel

    Japan

    Kyrgyzstan

    Mauritius

    Moldova

    Morocco

    New Zealand

    Portugal

    Russia

    Saudi Arabia

    Singapore

    South Korea

    Spain

    Switzerland

    Taiwan (ROC)

    Tajikistan

    United Kingdom

    United States of America

    Uzbekistan

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    31.05.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: United Arab Emirates extends ban on entry for travelers coming from India until further notice (Reuters, 04.05.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 6 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. The UK was added to this list on 25 April 2021. This means that any travellers from the UK to Abu Dhabi will be exempt from quarantine requirements and can enter Abu Dhabi by following a series of procedures that include COVID-19 tests. However the UK may be removed from the ‘Green List’ at any time. More details are available on the Visit Abu Dhabi website
    Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website
    including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website. On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    With effect from 18 January, all travellers to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.
    With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website.
    All travellers departing from the UAE to the UK will also be required to complete the UK Government Public Health Passenger Locator Form online and provide a printed copy at the airport before departing the UAE.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although some are starting to reopen with COVID-19 measures in place. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

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    06.05.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Travelers from South Africa banned from entry to United Arab Emirates starting 23 January (Sources, 23.01.2021). All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai and Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on British Airways, Etihad and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    You should arrange to take a private test.<>br
    *Entry to Abu Dhabi: Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 4 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website. On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Further information for visitors to Dubai is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although some are starting to reopen with COVID-19 measures in place. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

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    23.02.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Travelers from South Africa banned from entry to United Arab Emirates starting 23 January (Sources, 23.01.2021). All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    From 31 January, residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 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. Further details are available on British Airways
    and Emirates.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi or through the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors have been allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December 2020. Travellers to Abu Dhabi from the UK must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Travellers to Abu Dhabi will also be tested on arrival.
    Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for 4 days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office
    and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website
    will not be required to isolate. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website
    including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office
    .
    The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August 2020 that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Dubai residents overseas have been allowed to return to Dubai from 22 June 2020 and Dubai residents within Dubai have been allowed to travel overseas from 23 June 2020. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website
    including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Visitors have been able to travel to Dubai from 7 July 2020. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the
    Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a
    Health Declaration Form and a
    Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
    The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy
    which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although some are starting to reopen with COVID-19 measures in place. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

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    12.02.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Travelers from South Africa banned from entry to United Arab Emirates starting 23 January (Sources, 23.01.2021). All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test. From 31 January, residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 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. Further details are available on Emirates. 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. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi or through the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors have been allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December 2020. Travellers to Abu Dhabi from the UK must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Travellers to Abu Dhabi will also be tested on arrival.
    Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six four days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate.
    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. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August 2020 that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Dubai residents overseas have been allowed to return to Dubai from 22 June 2020 and Dubai residents within Dubai have been allowed to travel overseas from 23 June 2020. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Visitors have been able to travel to Dubai from 7 July 2020. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the hereDubai Media Office website. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law.
    Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although some are starting to reopen with COVID-19 measures in place. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

    Read more
    11.02.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Travelers from South Africa banned from entry to United Arab Emirates starting 23 January (Sources, 23.01.2021). All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test. From 31 January, residents, tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 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. Further details are available on Emirates. 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. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi or through the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors have been allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December 2020. Travellers to Abu Dhabi from the UK must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Travellers to Abu Dhabi will also be tested on arrival.
    Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six four days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate.
    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. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August 2020 that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Dubai residents overseas have been allowed to return to Dubai from 22 June 2020 and Dubai residents within Dubai have been allowed to travel overseas from 23 June 2020. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Visitors have been able to travel to Dubai from 7 July 2020. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the hereDubai Media Office website. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel within the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June 2020, travel by land to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi change regularly and you should check the current requirement from the Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the Emirates News Agency website.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although some are starting to reopen with COVID-19 measures in place. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

    Read more
    01.02.2021
  • United Arab Emirates New requirement for all passengers arriving in Dubai from 31 January 2021

    Effective 31 January 2021, all passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative PCR test certificate, for which the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to time of departure.

    UAE nationals are exempt from the above, but will be required to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.

    Passengers arriving into Dubai from certain countries will be required to take another PCR test on arrival at DXB.

    Passengers transiting through Dubai must ensure that they comply with the entry requirements of their respective destination country.

    COVID 19 PCR test requirements for Dubai by country

    The following entry rules apply to tourists travelling to Dubai from these countries and territories:

    Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

    Tourists must present a valid negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.If you are taking a test before you depart, you must bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted.Passengers taking advantage of our Dubai Connect service who have booked a hotel outside the airport must present a valid negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 96 hours before departure.

    The following entry rules apply to tourists travelling to Dubai from these countries and territories:

    Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Tourists must take two COVID 19 PCR tests: one 72 hours prior to departure, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai.The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.You must bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted.

    If you are transiting in Dubai, you are not required to present a COVID 19 PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by your country of origin or final destination.

    Test exemptions:

    Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test. There may be specific test exemptions in your country of origin and final destination. Please check the requirements before you travel.

    COVID 19 testing laboratories:

    The UAE government has specified designated laboratories. You can either use the recommended laboratories in the list or any trusted and certified laboratories in your country of origin to get your COVID 19 PCR test.If you are flying from India, Pakistan, Nigeria or Bangladesh , you must get your certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document to be accepted on the flight.

    When you arrive

    You may need to take another COVID 19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.You must also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App iOS AndroidWe offer free, automatic cover for your COVID 19 health and quarantine costs while you’re away from home. 

    Dubai Requires Negative PCR-RT Test For All Arrivals From January 31, 2021

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    28.01.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai after Saturday 16 January must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 96 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Dubai Residents travelling from or through the UK to Dubai have the option to either present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on departure which was taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure or to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. Those tested on arrival will be required to quarantine until they have the results of their COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on British Airways and Emirates websites. Travellers may also be tested on arrival in Dubai even if they have had a COVID-19 PCR test before departure.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi from the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website .
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling.
    In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on theNational Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website . Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.

    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors have been allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December 2020. Travellers to Abu Dhabi from the UK must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Travellers to Abu Dhabi will also be tested on arrival.
    Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on theEmirates News Agency website and from theAbu Dhabi Media Office . All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on theVisit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate.
    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.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office .
    The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August 2020 that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website .
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Dubai residents overseas have been allowed to return to Dubai from 22 June 2020 and Dubai residents within Dubai have been allowed to travel overseas from 23 June 2020. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on theDubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete aHealth Declaration Form and aQuarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on theEmirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Visitors have been able to travel to Dubai from 7 July 2020. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on theGovernment of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine.
    Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete aHealth Declaration Form and aQuarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling.
    All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued.
    The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted anenhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19.
    If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement.
    On 2 October 2020 the Dubai Media Office announced that Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate.
    Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on theDubai Media Office website. Further information is available on theNational Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website . Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on theUAE Government Portal .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June 2020, travel to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. There is also a requirement for further testing if you remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on theEmirates News Agency website and from theAbu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021 although some are starting to reopen with COVID-19 measures in place. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

    Read more
    20.01.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test. Tourists and visitors travelling from or through the UK and arriving in Dubai after 8am on Saturday 16 January must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test which was taken no more than 96 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in. Dubai Residents travelling from or through the UK to Dubai still have the option to either present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on departure which was taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure or to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. Those tested on arrival will be required to quarantine until they have the results of their COVID-19 PCR test. Further details are available on Emirates websites. Travellers may also be tested on arrival in Dubai even if they have had a COVID-19 PCR test before departure. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days. For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi from the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website. If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. Further information about COVID-19 testing for travellers is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the UAE other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors have been allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December 2020. Travellers to Abu Dhabi from the UK must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Travellers to Abu Dhabi will also be tested on arrival. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from the Abu Dhabi Media Office. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August 2020 that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: Dubai residents overseas have been allowed to return to Dubai from 22 June 2020 and Dubai residents within Dubai have been allowed to travel overseas from 23 June 2020. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form . Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: Visitors have been able to travel to Dubai from 7 July 2020. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing before departure, on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.
    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. On 2 October 2020 the Dubai Media Office announced that Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate. It is not a requirement for travellers to the UK to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in the UK. Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June 2020, travel to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. There is also a requirement for further testing if you remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from theAbu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

    Read more
    14.01.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: All air and sea points of entry between the UAE and Qatar reopened on 9 January 2021. (UK.Gov, 11.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.
    Travellers from the UK to Dubai have the option to either present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on departure which was taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure or to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. Those tested on arrival will be required to quarantine until they have the results of their COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers may also be tested on arrival in Dubai even if they have had a COVID-19 PCR test before departure.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi from the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors are allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate.
    All arrivals will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas can return to Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai can travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility, for at least 10 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals in Abu Dhabi from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility for at least 10 days.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. Vessels already in port have been allowed to disembark passengers at the end of cruises. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from the Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. On 2 October the Dubai Media Office announced that Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate. It is not a requirement for travellers to the UK to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in the UK. Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and whilst you are in the UAE, and ensure you comply. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June 2020, travel to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. There is also a requirement for further testing if you remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from theAbu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Public spaces and services: Most shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and religious establishments are open but there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE reopened at the start of the 2020/21 academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. All schools in Abu Dhabi and some schools in Dubai moved to remote learning at the beginning of 2021. Many events in the UAE been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event, check with the organisers.

    Read more
    13.01.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Flights between Dubai and Istanbul to resume from 17 December (Bloomberg, 13.12.2020) UAE temporarily suspends issuance of visas to nationals of Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan due of COVID-19 (OutlookIndia, 18.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test.
    Travellers from the UK to Dubai have the option to either present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on departure which was taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure or to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. Those tested on arrival will be required to quarantine until they have the results of their COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers may also be tested on arrival in Dubai even if they have had a COVID-19 PCR test before departure.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation for at least 10 days.
    For the rest of the UAE, all travellers have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi from the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Travellers to Abu Dhabi are also required to have a test on arrival. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors are allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate.
    All arrivals will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas can return to Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai can travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility, for at least 10 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals in Abu Dhabi from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility for at least 10 days.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. Vessels already in port have been allowed to disembark passengers at the end of cruises. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from the Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. On 2 October the Dubai Media Office announced that Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate. It is not a requirement for travellers to the UK to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in the UK. Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June, travel to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. There is also a requirement for further testing if you remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Public spaces and services: While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. Many events have been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event in the UAE, check with the organisers.

    Read more
    07.01.2021
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Flights between Dubai and Istanbul to resume from 17 December (Bloomberg, 13.12.2020) UAE temporarily suspends issuance of visas to nationals of Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan due of COVID-19 (OutlookIndia, 18.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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 Emirates and Etihad websites including information about what these airlines accept as proof of a negative test. Individuals travelling from the UK to Dubai now have the option to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation. For the rest of the the UAE, authorities have stated that, citizens, returning residents and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi from the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines Website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a COVID-19 PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
    Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visitors are allowed to travel by air to Abu Dhabi with effect from 24 December. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from the Abu Dhabi Media Office. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 10 days on arrival although arrivals from certain countries as listed on the Visit Abu Dhabi website will not be required to isolate. All arrivals will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a guide for arrivals in Abu Dhabi. Further advice for international arrivals in Abu Dhabi is also available from the Abu Dhabi Media Office. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas can return to Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai can travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    *Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Quarantine requirements: Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or Government facility, for at least 10 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Arrivals in Abu Dhabi from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility for at least 10 days.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. Vessels already in port have been allowed to disembark passengers at the end of cruises. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member health policy which all CLIA ocean member cruise lines are required to follow to address COVID-19. If you are planning to travel on an international cruise that is due to call at any port in the UAE, contact your travel company for the latest information.

    *Exit rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): With effect from 1 August 2020, all travellers departing from the Abu Dhabi to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. On 2 October the Dubai Media Office announced that Emiratis, residents and tourists travelling overseas from Dubai are only required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure if their destination country requires a pre-travel negative test certificate. It is not a requirement for travellers to the UK to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to arrival in the UK. Transit passengers from some countries are required to conduct a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Dubai. The pre-travel test is also mandatory for transit passengers if their destination country requires them to do so. Further information is available on the Dubai Media Office website. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Further information about testing facilities in the UAE is available on the UAE Government Portal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in the United Arab Emirates: COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between each Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June, travel to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result carried out within 72 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. There is also a requirement for further testing if you remain in Abu Dhabi for six days or longer. Further information is available on the Emirates News Agency website and from the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
    *Public spaces and services: While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks. Many events have been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event in the UAE, check with the organisers.

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    23.12.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Flights between Dubai and Istanbul to resume from 17 December (Bloomberg, 13.12.2020) UAE temporarily suspends issuance of visas to nationals of Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan due of COVID-19 (OutlookIndia, 18.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Individuals travelling to Dubai now have the option to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation.
    For the rest of the the UAE, authorities have stated that, citizens, returning residents and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. Those travelling to Abu Dhabi from the UK and certain other countries are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure and have a negative result. Further details are available on Etihad Airlines website.
    If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the UAE Government Portal. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.

    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    *Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. Vessels already in port have been allowed to disembark passengers at the end of cruises. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member Read more

  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: UAE temporarily suspends issuance of visas to nationals of Turkey, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan due of COVID-19 (OutlookIndia, 18.11.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing before arrival: 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.
    Individuals travelling to Dubai now have the option to undertake a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport. If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Dubai, depending on your symptoms and your accommodation plans, you may be required to self-isolate in a government led facility, a hospital, your hotel or privately arranged accommodation. For the rest of the the UAE, authorities have stated that, citizens, returning residents and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in, and have proof of a negative result, before travelling to the UAE. If you are transiting through the UAE to a country that requires a PCR test on arrival, then you must obtain a negative PCR test before travelling. In all circumstances, the test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure.Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.
    *Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the UAE Government Portal. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.

    *Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    *Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    *Cruise ships: Passenger cruises are currently not allowed to dock in the UAE as a result of measures taken to combat COVID-19. A UAE-wide notice to mariners has issued. Vessels already in port have been allowed to disembark passengers at the end of cruises. The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has adopted an enhanced member Read more

  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Ras Al Khaimah International Airport will resume scheduled passenger flights from 15 October (Gulf Business News, 13.10.2020). Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK airport) has announced that it will resume scheduled passenger flights from Thursday15 October. The United Arab Emirates resumed issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority
    website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband. Further information is available on the Etihad Airlines website including a Abu Dhabi Media Office and on the UAE Government Portal.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    ***Visitors to Abu Dhabi: Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    04.11.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Ras Al Khaimah International Airport will resume scheduled passenger flights from 15 October (Gulf Business News, 13.10.2020). Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RAK airport) has announced that it will resume scheduled passenger flights from Thursday15 October. The United Arab Emirates resumed issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    ***Visitors to Abu Dhabi: Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    13.10.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020). Civil Aviation Authority suspends all Air India Express flights to Dubai until 2 October following violation of COVID-19 requirements (Hindustan Times, 18.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    The United Arab Emirates will resume issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.
    ***Visitors to Abu Dhabi: Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine. The wristband will be provided at Abu Dhabi airport after clearing immigration. Arrivals under the age of 18, over the age of 60, diplomats or those suffering from a chronic disease will be exempt from having to wear the wristband.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    06.10.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: Authorities reopen all seven regions to foreign visitors (Reuters, 24.09.2020). Civil Aviation Authority suspends all Air India Express flights to Dubai until 2 October following violation of COVID-19 requirements (Hindustan Times, 18.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    The United Arab Emirates will resume issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions as of Thursday 24 September. The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    24.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Latest News: The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents; U.S. passport holders are able to enter the country (Kayak, 20.08.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    **Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    **Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Most schools across the UAE have reopened at the start of this academic year with a number of COVID-19 measures in place. Some have since closed following COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    16.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents; U.S. passport holders are able to enter the country (Kayak, 20.08.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    ***Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    ***Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: All passengers travelling to Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Bring an official, printed certificate to check-in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight. Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
    The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    ***Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    14.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE has relaxed its entry requirements for tourist and residents; U.S. passport holders are able to enter the country (Kayak, 20.08.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    ***Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website.
    ***Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.
    Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website . Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Further information about how to book a flight for returning residents is available on the Emirates Airline website.
    On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

    ***Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration form and a Quarantine form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    10.09.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 11 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website [https://covid19.ncema.gov.ae/en/News/Details/1393]. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    ***Entry to the United Arab Emirates other than Dubai: Some foreign residents are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours. All arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 14 days on arrival. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced on 12 August that, apart from Dubai, there is no longer a requirement for residents who wish to return to the UAE to get permission to travel. Further information is available on the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority website [https://covid19.ncema.gov.ae/en/News/Details/1419].
    ***Dubai residents returning to or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website [https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx]. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf] Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. On their return to Dubai, returning residents will have register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.
    ***Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    13.08.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Some foreign residents, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours and must isolate for 14 days on arrival. Residents who wish to return to the UAE, apart from Dubai, will have to get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. This website is not always available from Microsoft Internet Explorer so you should use another web browser such as. Google Chrome or Firefox. From 22 June there is a separate process for Dubai residents which is outlined below. Applications will be assessed by the UAE authorities based on their own criteria and, if approved, you will be issued with a unique reference number. You will need this reference number to book a flight. Flights are sold and operated by Etihad and Emirates airlines. Please note that the availability of flights may change at short notice.
    **Dubai residents returning or leaving Dubai: The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Dubai residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website [https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitServiceForm.aspx]. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.
    *** Visitors to Dubai: New procedures for visitors to Dubai were announced by the Government of Dubai on 21 June. Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply. You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country.

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    12.08.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from the UAE.The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 1 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 test in the country they are currently in and have a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The test must be registered and carried out at one of the UAE-approved testing centres that are listed on the COVID-19 Screening Registration website [https://screening.purehealth.ae/application]. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Dubai: Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols].including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
    **Abu Dhabi: Travelers going to Abu Dhabi must first get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. They will also need a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative a PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled.

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    30.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from the UAE.The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 1 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 test in the country they are currently in and have a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of arrival. The test must be registered and carried out at one of the UAE-approved testing centres that are listed on the COVID-19 Screening Registration website [https://screening.purehealth.ae/application]. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    **Dubai: Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols].including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
    **Abu Dhabi: Travelers going to Abu Dhabi must first get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. They will also need a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be issued by an approved lab listed on https://screening.purehealth.ae.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative a PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled.

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    29.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Commercial flights are now operating to and from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are now operating to and from the UAE.The UAE authorities have stated that with effect from 1 August, all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 test in the country they are currently in and have a negative result before travelling to the UAE. The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of arrival. The test must be registered and carried out at one of the UAE-approved testing centres that are listed on the COVID-19 Screening Registration website [https://screening.purehealth.ae/application]. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement. Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation.
    Visitors are able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols].including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and with effect from 1 August, must show that they have had a negative PCR COVID-19 test a maximum of 96 hours before arrival. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed. You will need to have received a negative a PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by land from elsewhere in the country. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some tourist, cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Social distancing and the wearing of face masks is mandatory when away from your home. This also applies to visitors staying in hotels when they are not in their room. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled.

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    28.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates ABU DHABI, 22nd July, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE has announced that COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers, including Emiratis, residents, and tourists, arriving via the country’s airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from.

    The decision to apply prior testing on all those coming to the country shall be applied as of 1st August without impingement on the mandatory testing measures that travellers have to follow upon arrival at the country’s airports.

    According to a joint statement by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority, NCEMA, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, all passengers travelling thru the country’s airports to the EU countries and the UK, as well as other countries that require PCR test, have to get tested prior to boarding their respective planes.

    The announcement is in line with the country’s efforts to protect the health and safety of its citizens and residents and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities will be exempted from the test requirement, which has 96 hours of validity from the date of testing.

    NCEMA and MoFAIC highlighted the necessity for all airlines operating in the UAE to comply with these requirements.

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    26.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates Dubai hotels set to reopen for foreign visitors on Tuesday, 7 July (Reuters, 07.07.2020). The UAE Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) suspends flights from Pakistan effective Monday 29 June. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Starting June 15, Emirates Airlines recommenced passenger flights.
    Transiting passengers through a UAE airport to another destination, will need to check with the carrier before travelling.
    UAE residents can now return to the UAE and visitors can go to Dubai. Some foreign residents, including British Nationals, are being allowed to return to the UAE based on criteria set by the UAE authorities. Residents who wish to return to the UAE, apart from Dubai, will have to get approval from the UAE authorities and should continue to apply online on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. This website is not always available from Microsoft Internet Explorer so you should use another web browser such as. Google Chrome or Firefox. From 22 June there is a separate process for Dubai residents which is outlined below.Applications will be assessed by the UAE authorities based on their own criteria and, if approved, you will be issued with a unique reference number. The government of Dubai announced new procedures on 21 June for returning residents. Dubai residents overseas will be able to return to the Dubai from 22 June and Dubai residents within Dubai will be able to travel overseas from 23 June. Further information about what returning residents need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.Dubai Residents must apply for a permit to return on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs website. Before they fly returning residents will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors will be able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website including information about testing on arrival and quarantine.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities until29 June. (The National, 22.06.2020)
    Coronavirus cases continue to be recorded in the UAE and public health measures are in place in response to the outbreak. These can vary between Emirates and the ease of movement between regions is affected. The local rules may change, including at short notice. You should check them carefully before you travel and while you are here, and ensure you comply.You should comply with any additional measures put in place by the local authorities. The UAE authorities have stated that any violation of instructions and procedures put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be treated as a crime punishable by law. Since 2 June movement to and from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been restricted although movement within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed.To enter Abu Dhabi, individuals must presentation a COVID test conducted in the last 48 hours from an approved facility or schedule an appointment for a laser blood test. These regulations may change. While most shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and some cultural and leisure attractions and religious establishments are open, there are restrictions and requirements in place to help contain the disease. Tourist and cultural sites have begun reopening with additional safety measures in place including social distancing and the wearing of face masks. All schools in the UAE are now closed for the remainder of this academic year. Many events have been cancelled. If you are planning to attend a specific event in the UAE, check with the organisers.

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    16.07.2020
  • United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) announced yesterday that it would temporarily suspend flights from Pakistan in light of its worsening COVID-19 situation. This suspension, effective Monday 29 June, will stand until a laboratory is set up for COVID-19 tests. (Simple Flying, 29.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Starting June 15, Emirates Airlines recommenced passenger flights.
    Transiting passengers through a UAE airport to another destination, will need to check with the carrier before travelling.
    UAE residents can now return to the UAE. The  UAE  confirmed that  residency visa,  entry permits and Emirates IDs  expiring after March 1, 2020  will automatically be extended with no fees until the end of 2020. The extension applies to residency visa holders that are both in the UAE and outside of the UAE.
    Visitors will be able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Further information about what visitors need to do before they travel and what will happen on arrival in Dubai is available on the Government of Dubai website [https://mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2020/June/21-06/Supreme-Committee-of-Crisis-and-Disaster-Management-announces-new-air-travel-protocols] including information about testing on arrival and quarantine. Visitors must have international health insurance before travelling and must show that they have had a negative PCR Covid-19 test a maximum of four days before their departure date. If they do not have a test result or are showing symptoms of Covid-19, they will be tested at Dubai airport. All visitors to Dubai must adhere to all public health measures issued by the Dubai authorities including any requirements to quarantine. Before visitors fly to Dubai, they will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-declaration-e-form.pdf] and a Quarantine Form [https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-arrivals-quarantine-procedure-declaration-form.pdf]. Both forms need to be printed, completed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai will also have to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB App.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs (please copy and paste link into your browser): https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/

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    Internal restrictions:

    Abu Dhabi government extends ban on movement in, out of emirate and cities until29 June. (The National, 22.06.2020)
    The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. Schools and universities are closed for the remainder of the academic year. Sporting events, festivals, and large gatherings have been banned. Religious services have also been suspended. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations remain open. The UAE government is relaxing some restrictions at some malls, markets, and other businesses. Individuals should continue to practice vigilance and wear masks and gloves, while practicing appropriate social distancing. UAE health authorities are urging all returned travelers to the UAE to practice self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are also urging all residents to stay home. The Ministry of Interior and National Emergency and the Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, and visitors to limit trips outside the home except for essential movement. Visit the UAE Ministry of Health COVID-19 website for updated information [https://www.mohap.gov.ae/en/AwarenessCenter/Pages/COVID-19.aspx]
    The Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee for the COVID-19 pandemic announced a ban on the movement entering and exiting the emirate and between its regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain & Al Dhafra) starting Tuesday June 2. On June 15, they announced the ban would continue for a third week, with the possibility of an extension. Abu Dhabi’s curfew from 10 pm-6 am is still in effect. On June 17, they announced citizens and residents may leave Abu Dhabi without a permit, but a permit must be obtained to re-enter. Individuals may apply for a moving permit to leave during curfew hours or to re-enter Abu Dhabi.Additionally, the Dubai government announced business activities will continue to gradually reopen, with social distancing guidelines and mandatory use of masks, including while outdoors, still in effect. For more information on movement restrictions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai [https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/coronavirus-restrictions-what-dubai-and-abu-dhabi-residents-can-and-can-t-do-1.1024854]. On May 18, the UAE Attorney General announced that individuals failing to follow rules and regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 will face additional fines varying from 1000-100,000 Emirati dirhams.[

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    29.06.2020
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