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United Arab Emirates

Travel Restrictions

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Updated:

6/8/2021

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Reviewed: Current

Can You Travel To United Arab Emirates?
Tourists, Business Travellers, Partners to Foreign Nationals, Foreign Nationals, Permanent Residence Holders
Test Requirements
PCR
Test window
48 hours
Quarantine required and quarantine length
Unspecified duration
Do children need to be tested?
Testing is not required for children under the age of 12 years old.

United Arab Emirates COVID-19 Entry Requirements

Anyone flying to Dubai will be required to fill in a Health Declaration Form. All arrivals will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours, and valid health insurance to enter. Arrivals from very high-risk countries will be required to present a negative test no older than 48 hours, and a rapid test taken 6 hours before departure. Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, or Zambia will be required to present a negative test no older than 48 hours. Arrivals from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe will be required to take another test at the airport.

Can You Travel To United Arab Emirates?

UAE has opened its borders for visitors to Dubai from most countries, with health measures in place. domestically, most restrictions have been lifted.

UAE's borders have re-opened for travelers to Dubai.

Travel from Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo – Brazzaville), South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe is banned.

Arrivals must download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App.

All arrivals to Dubai will be tested on arrival and required to self-quarantine in their hotel or place of residence until receiving a negative test result.

  • Anyone flying to Dubai will be required to fill in a Health Declaration Form.
  • All arrivals will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours, and valid health insurance to enter.
  • Arrivals from very high-risk countries will be required to present a negative test no older than 48 hours, and a rapid test taken 6 hours before departure.
  • Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, or Zambia will be required to present a negative test no older than 48 hours.
  • Arrivals from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe will be required to take another test at the airport.

Public transportation in UAE is operating in a limited capacity.

Restaurants and bars in Dubai are open, with health measures in place.

All non-essential businesses and attractions in Dubai have reopened.

There is a night curfew from 00:01 to 05:00.

During the holiday season, more restrictions will be in place.

Wearing face masks is required in public places and public transportation.

Masks are no longer required while working out in public places, on beaches and pools, and in facilities like hair salons and medical centers while being treated.

Returning to the UK from United Arab Emirates?

All fully vaccinated travellers will have to take an Antigen Lateral Flow test on return to the UK on or before Day 2 of their return. Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to take a pre-departure test or quarantine unless showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Please note: Travellers who have not been vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or by another approved vaccination programme at least 14 days ago, will need to quarantine, take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & 8).

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What vaccination programmes are recognised in the UK?

The UK continues to recognise vaccination programmes from the UK, EU, and USA. As of October 4, the UK recognises vaccination certificates with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.

You must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England.

Where 2 doses of a vaccine are required for a full course, you will be able to mix 2 different types of vaccine, for example Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna. You are also allowed to have the 2 vaccinations under 2 different approved programmes, for example Australia and Japan, UK and USA, EU and Canada.

Will I need a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to
United Arab Emirates
?
The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For United Arab Emirates, only PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted.
Will I need an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to
United Arab Emirates
?
The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For United Arab Emirates, only PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted. You will not be able to use an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to enter United Arab Emirates but you will be able to use one to return to the UK.
Will I need a Day 2 test or Day 2 and 8 when I return to the UK?
United Arab Emirates is currently open for travel, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You do not need to quarantine on arrival unless you test positive. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice. If you have not been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or other accepted vaccination program at least 14 days ago, you will also need to book a Day 8 test before you return to the UK.
I’m vaccinated, what tests do I need?
United Arab Emirates is currently open for travel, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test, even though you are double vaccinated. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You do not need to quarantine on arrival unless you test positive. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.
Can I enter
destination
with a double vaccination certificate?
United Arab Emirates does not accept vaccination as an entry requirement and so you will need to provide a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate
What happens if I have visited another country before flying back to the UK from
United Arab Emirates
?
The government advice for passengers travelling from United Arab Emirates is that if you have visited another country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK that is a higher risk than United Arab Emirates, you must follow the travel guidance for the highest risk country you visited.
What else will I need to return to the UK?
If you have not been fully vaccinated in the UK, EU, USA, or other accepted vaccination program at least 14 days ago, for all countries, including United Arab Emirates, you will need to take an Antigen Fit to Fly test before departing for the UK. This can be bought at Corona Test Centre’s to take with you on your travels.