The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. Check the latest entry requirements before you travel to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi Entry Requirements
Testing before arrival
All travelers, including residents, tourists, and transit passengers, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) test result within 96 hours in order to board commercial flights to the UAE. Individuals entering the UAE will be subject to paying test costs. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.
Mandatory quarantine period remains in place, 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. Travelers arriving into Abu Dhabi are required to wear a GPS bracelet for 14 days.
The UAE government is testing many airline passengers on arrival and some passengers may need to self-quarantine at home or sent to a quarantine facility, at their own expense and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Regulations may change frequently. Please check with your airlines and local media reports for the latest information.
Residents no longer need approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the UAE. Instead, travelers from all Emirates outside of Dubai must visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae to enter their passport information and Emirates ID number. After providing that information, residents should receive a message allowing them to proceed with their travel plans. Dubai residents must receive pre-travel approval from the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs. As this information can change rapidly, for more information, please contact the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). Dubai residents may contact the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs.
Arrival protocols state that citizens are not required to conduct a PCR test prior to departure regardless of the destination they come from or time spent there. Citizens will only be required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival to Dubai.