En De
Total doses
given
24.9M
People fully
vaccinated
9.8M
% Fully
vaccinated
104.56%
Masks
Mask is required in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas
COVID-19 test
Negative PCR test tested within 48 hours prior to departure is required
Quarantine
Not required
Passenger Locator Form
Not required
Health form
Passengers must complete a Covid-19 Screening Registration prior to travelling if travelling to emirates other than Abu Dhabi or Dubai
Vaccination
Not required
Insurance
Required unless arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Insurance
Not required
Pre-travel testing (vaccinated): PCR
Pre-travel testing (unvaccinated): PCR
Test on arrival (vaccinated): None
Test on arrival (unvaccinated): PCR

Crossing Rules:

30.05.2022

For country/region groups list, please see below.

For specific entry restrictions for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, please see further below.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers travelling from Botswana, Congo (Republic of), Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe:
    • Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers are not allowed to enter United Arab Emirates.
    • Vaccinated passengers: This does not apply to passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have received a booster dose.
    • Other exempt passengers:
      • Passengers who hold proof that they are medically exempt from receiving the Covid-19 vaccine;
      • Passengers travelling for humanitarian reasons; 
      • Passengers travelling for treatment.

  • Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers are not permitted to enter United Arab Emirates (UAE) if they have been in a Group 1 country in the past 14 days. 
  • Vaccinated passengers: This does not apply to passengers aged 17 years and older who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine.
  • Other exempt passengers: 
    • Residents of the UAE provided they are either staff in the medical, education or government sectors in the UAE, students studying in the UAE, continuing medical therapy in the UAE, or a humanitarian case;
    • Air crew members. They will be required to quarantine for the duration of their transit period;
    • Passengers travelling for business provided they hold an approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Custom and Port Security (FAIC), and the higher committees of the Emergency, crisis and disaster management teams of the concerned Emirate;
    • Passengers determined to be vital employees by the FAIC.
  • These exempt passengers must comply with the following requirements: 
    • Wear a monitoring and tracking device;
    • Take an additional PCR test on arrival;
    • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival and be subject to a PCR test on the 4th and 8th day of the quarantine period.

Mask requirements

  • Passengers aged 7 years or older need to wear a surgical face mask during their entire trip.
  • This does not apply to passengers who cannot wear a mask for health reasons.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must hold a special form of their itinerary and have downloaded and activated the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention's ALHOSN app on their mobile phones.

Insurance requirements

  • Passengers must hold health insurance.
  • The health insurance requirement does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals and residents of the United Arab Emirates;
    • Passengers entering the United Arab Emirates through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) or Dubai International Airport (DXB); or
    • Passengers in transit.

Test requirements

  • Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers must hold a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to departure with the generated QR code. Test certificates must be in Arabic or English.
  • Vaccinated passengers: Test is not required for passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a generated QR code. A CDC Covid-19 vaccination card issued in the United States without a QR code will also be accepted.
  • Other exempt passengers:
    • Passengers aged 11 years and younger;
    • Passengers who hold a recovery certificate with a QR code proving that they recovered from Covid-19 within one month from the date of travel; or
    • Passengers holding a United States CDC card.
  • Passengers travelling from Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nigeria, or Pakistan and who are required to hold a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to departure must ensure it was obtained from a designated laboratory.

Exit restrictions

  • Nationals of the United Arab Emirates departing the United Arab Emirates must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Passengers who have received one dose of an approved vaccine within one month before travel;
    • Passengers who are holding a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate which uses QR code System, provided that is based on a molecular diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS-COV-2 viral RNA, and that is tested at an approved health service provider within 48 hours before boarding;
    • Passengers medically exempted from taking the vaccine;
    • Passengers travelling for medical purposes; or
    • Humanitarian cases.
  • Passengers claiming a medical exemption must hold an official letter from the relevant health authority.

Passengers entering the United Arab Emirates through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Entry restrictions

  • Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers are not permitted to enter Abu Dhabi with visit or tourist visas.
  • Vaccinated passengers: Passengers are permitted to enter Abu Dhabi with tourist visas, provided holding a pre-approval from the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship and a vaccination certificate confirming that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Other exempt passengers: 
    • Nationals of the United Arab Emirates; 
    • Passengers who hold a valid residence visa issued by the United Arab Emirates;
    • Passengers who are eligible for visa on arrival;
    • Nationals of Korea (South) entering under Fast Track. These passengers must have pre-approval to enter and an Isolation Exemption Certificate; or 
    • Nationals of Indonesia entering under the Safe Travel Corridor. These passengers must have an entry permit and a return ticket.
  • Passengers must hold a special form of their itinerary and have downloaded and activated the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention's ALHOSN app on their mobile phones.
  • Passengers must download the ICA UAE Smart app or visit www.icp.gov.ae in order to complete the Register Arrivals and Vaccination Certificate Attestation 48 hours prior to departure. Passengers must present the generated QR code prior to departure and on arrival in Abu Dhabi.
  • It is recommended passengers check return eligibility here to avoid refusal at departure airports.

Test requirements

  • Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers must hold a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to departure with the generated QR code. Test certificates must be in Arabic or English.
  • Vaccinated passengers: Test is not required for passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Other exempt passengers:
    • Passengers who hold a recovery certificate with a QR code proving that they recovered from Covid-19 within one month from the date of travel.

Passengers entering the United Arab Emirates through Dubai International Airport (DXB) or Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC)

Entry requirements

  • Passengers travelling from Bangladesh are not permitted to enter the United Arab Emirates.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided holding a negative PCR test result from an approved laboratory obtained within 48 hours prior to departure. Passengers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival and be subject to PCR testing on arrival, day 4 and day 8:
    • Nationals of the UAE, including first-degree relatives;

    • Diplomatic missions, including embassy staff;

    • Official delegations and businessmen, provided holding prior approval;

    • Holders of UAE golden and silver residency;

    • Holders of vital jobs according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship;

    • Crews of foreign freight and transit planes;

    • Passengers with entry permissions from the UAE authorities; or

      Passengers travelling to Dubai who are holding a visa issued by the UAE.

  • A visa may be obtained on arrival at Dubai International Airport (DXB) for passengers holding a valid visa issued by the United States or a Schengen Area member state.
  • Returning residents must obtain permission to enter from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website.
  • This does not apply to passengers holding a visa sponsored by 'Dubai EXPO 2020'.
    • For passengers arriving from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or Uganda; permission granted on the 4th August 2021 or earlier is not accepted for entry.

Test requirements

  • Unvaccinated passengers: Passengers must hold a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to departure with the generated QR code. Test certificates must be in Arabic or English.
  • Vaccinated passengers: Test is not required for passengers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Other exempt passengers:
    • Passengers who have received one dose of an approved vaccine within one month before travel;
    • Passengers medically exempted from taking the vaccine;
    • Passengers travelling for medical purposes; or
    • Humanitarian cases.