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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for United Arab Emirates
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for United Arab Emirates


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? In Abu Dhabi
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
- Most foreign nationals are allowed to enter the UAE, unless otherwise stated in this portal.
- The UAE has suspended passenger flights from India (according to national carrier Emirates, this suspension has been extended until at least 23 June).
- Travellers from Brazil are banned from entry until further notice; only transit is permitted.
- Travellers who have been in or transited Bangladesh, Congo (DRC), India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zambia in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter the UAE. This does not apply to UAE nationals, diplomatic and official-mission passport holders and Golden and Silver Visa holders. Anecdotal evidence also suggests those travelling with private business jet (must be less than eight passengers per aircraft) are allowed to enter, subject to approval by the Civil Aviation Authorities.
- Travellers from Vietnam are barred entry; only transit is allowed. The only exceptions are UAE nationals, Golden and Silver residency permits holders, diplomatic mission and official staff, those who were granted exemption by the authorities and travellers who completed 28 days after full dose of vaccination (applicable on vaccine approved by WHO)
- Exempt travellers must take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 48 hours before departure and present the results at check‑in. The UAE government will accept RT PCR laboratory results from any lab authorised by the government of India. Laboratory results will only be accepted from authorised labs that generate a QR code linked to the original report.
- All inbound passengers will be required to quarantine for ten days from the date of their arrival. Additionally, passengers will be required to undergo another PCR test when landing in Dubai as well as on the fourth and eighth day after arrival. Children under 12 years of age and passengers with moderate-to-severe disabilities are exempt from testing.
- Travellers permitted to enter from the above-mentioned countries, including those arriving on charter flights, must wear tracking devices for a minimum of ten days.
- Travellers must also quarantine in a hotel during the transit period. Only movement between the hotel and the airport is allowed. Same rules are applicable for crew members. - There is an entry ban on travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Namibia. This includes transit passengers coming from these countries.
(Ends 6 July 2021)
Entry rules - Abu Dhabi

- UAE nationals, residents and travellers eligible for visa on arrival can enter. Residents are encouraged to visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae to verify their entry status.
- Travellers who have been in or transited through the following countries in the last 14 days prior to travel will be unable to enter or transit: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Citizens, diplomats and Golden Visa holders are exempt from this rule but must present a printed negative PCR test taken 48 hours before your flight departure from an approved lab and contain a QR code.
- Incoming travellers must present a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure (96 hours for travellers coming from the US). Travellers must download the Al Hosn app before travel. Upon arrival, all passengers, except children under 12, will be subjected to thermal health screening and another COVID-19 test.
- Citizens from South Korea travelling under the Fast Track programme must have pre-approval to enter and an 'Isolation Exemption Certificate'.
- Citizens of Indonesia travelling under the Safe Travel Corridor programme must have an entry permit and a return ticket.
- Incoming travellers arriving on direct flights from 'Green Countries' are exempt from quarantine. The list of green countries can be viewed here: https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/covid-safe-travel/permitted-countries
- Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine when travelling between the UAE and Bahrain, Greece and Seychelles.
- Incoming travellers from all other countries must quarantine for 10 days at home or at a hotel. The day of arrival into Abu Dhabi is counted as day one. Travellers coming from a country considered high-risk by authorities may be subject to quarantine in a government facility. Travellers are required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of quarantine, which will be provided by the authorities at Abu Dhabi Airport after immigration. Travellers can be exempt from having to wear the wristband if they:
- are under 18 or over the age of 69;
- suffer from a mental disability;
- live in a nursing home or long-term care facility;
- suffer from chronic rheumatological conditions;
- hold a diplomatic passport.

- Fully vaccinated UAE nationals and residents arriving from a green country do not need to quarantine upon arrival but must test on arrival and day 6. Fully vaccinated UAE nationals and residents arriving from a non-green country must test on arrival, quarantine for 5 days and test on day 4.
- Non-vaccinated UAE nationals and residents arriving from a green country do not need to quarantine upon arrival but must test on arrival and on day 6 and 12. Non-vaccinated UAE nationals and residents arriving from a non-green country must test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and test on day 8.

- Travellers who do not need to quarantine will need to self-isolate at home or a hotel until they receive a negative result. A COVID-19 PCR test on day 6 and day 12 of arrival into Abu Dhabi is required. Travellers participating in the National Vaccination Programme only need to take a test on day 6. Travellers need to quarantine will need to self-isolate at home or a hotel for 10 days. If the traveller tests negative on day eight, the wristband will then be removed on day 10. Children under 12 are exempt from testing unless they show symptoms of COVID-19. A visual guide to quarantine regime can be found here: https://www.etihad.com/content/dam/eag/etihadairways/etihadcom/Global/pdf/abu-dhabi-rapid-travel-info.pdf

- Travellers will be asked to complete a form agreeing to self-isolate. The form can be downloaded here: https://www.etihad.com/content/dam/eag/etihadairways/etihadcom/Global/pdf/travel-guidelines/abu-dhabi-home-quarantine-consent.pdf
- International passengers can transit through Abu Dhabi but the maximum transit time in Abu Dhabi International Airport is 12 hours. Travellers must have a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate. For most countries the test should be taken either 48 or 72 hours before travel, but this depends on the traveller's final destination.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules - Dubai:
- GCC citizens travelling are only allowed to enter with their passports. National IDs will not be accepted.
- UAE nationals are not required to conduct a PCR test before arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) or al-Maktoum International Airport (DWC), as they will take a PCR test upon arrival.
- All incoming travellers, including GCC country citizens, must present a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. Other test certificates, including antibody tests and home testing kits, are not accepted. Test must be printed and must be in English or Arabic.

- Travellers who have been to South Africa, Nigeria, Vietnam, Uganda and Zambia in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Dubai will be barred from entry. Only UAE citizens, their first degree relatives, diplomats, holders of Golden or Silver Visas as well asindividuals with special permission to enter from the competend authorities will be allowed to travel directly to Dubai from the above-mentioned countries.

- Emirates Airlines has suspended flights from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka into the UAE. Limited flights to these from the UAE remain operational. Travellers who have been in or transited through any of these countries in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit through Dubai. The only exceptions are UAE citizens, diplomatic missions, official delegations, Golden and Silver Visa holders and business charter flights. These passengers must quarantine for ten days and do a PCR test at the airport, as well as on day 4 and 8 after arrival.

-- Starting 23 June, travellers arriving from India who have a valid UAE residence visa and have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, are allowed to travel to Dubai. All travellers, except UA nationals, will also need to present a negative QR-coded PCR certificate for a test taken within 48 hours of departure from India. In addition, all travellers from India will be required to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours prior to departure to Dubai and must also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai. Travellers will then be required to quarantine at a government designated facility until they rreceive the result of the PCR test carried out at Dubai airport. UAE nationals and diplomats are not required to undergo institutional quarantine.

- Only passengers traveling from Brazil with confirmed onwards connections through Dubai can be accepted for travel. Transiting passengers heading to Brazil are permitted. Travellers who have Dubai as their final destination from Brazil will not be permitted.

- All travellers are required to have international health insurance covering the full duration of their stay.

Transit through Dubai is possible without conducting a prior PCR test, except for those from the following countries, from where travellers must obtain a negative PCR test result within 72 hours: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Travellers from these countries who plan to stay in Dubai are also required to take a second PCR test at the airport upon arrival and remain in their residence until receiving the test result. If the test result is positive, travellers will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.

- Travellers must also download the COVID19-DXB Smart App.

- Permitted passengers flying from Bangladesh, India, Nigeria or Pakistan must get their certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document to be accepted on the flight. The document can be found here: https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-screening-documents/approved-laboratories.pdf
- Some airlines request passengers from certain countries to carry a prior PCR test certificates with a QR code a linked to the original report. Fly Dubai, for example, requires passengers from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Sudan and Pakistan to generate the QR code. Contact your individual airlines for more details.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules - Sharjah:
- All inbound travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. They are also required to complete and submit a health declaration form to the authorities at the airport.
- Travellers are required to conduct another PCR test upon arrival. Self-isolation is required until the PCR test results become available. If positive, travellers must isolate and receive treatment in-country at their own expense following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Prevention.
Residents must download the Al-Hosn app in compliance with self-isolation. Travellers are advised to visit this website prior to travelling: https://www.sharjahairport.ae/en/SafeTravelwithSHJ/
- Travellers from Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia will not be allowed to enter the UAE. Refer to the general entry rules section above for further details.
(Until further notice)
Entry rules - Other Emirates:
- Ras Al-Khaimah International Airport (RKT) is open for all travellers, including tourists, residents and nationals.
- Fujairah International Airport (FJR) is also open for international commercial flights.
- International travellers can travel from Dubai to Fujairah by road. There is no requirement to take a COVID-19 PCR test. There is no mandatory quarantine if international travellers are only on a short-term visit.
- Travellers from Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia will not be allowed to enter the UAE. Refer to the general entry requirements section above for further details.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(until further notice)
Exit rules
- For departing residents from other emirates (except Dubai):
Travel to destinations where the national carriers fly to is allowed.
Citizens and residents do not need to apply for approval via the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship to depart the UAE
A negative PCR needs to be presented prior to boarding a flight at Abu Dhabi Airport. It should be taken within 48 or 72 hours if travelling to a country that does not have inbound PCR test requirements. For countries that do have inbound PCR test requirements, ensure you follow the regulations of the destination country. Reconfirm requirements with airlines for specificities.
- Dubai-issued residency holders
do not need any pre-trip approval, as long as they meet the entry requirement for their destination.
People departing from Dubai are only required to conduct a PCR test if their final destination requires one in order to enter.
Despite a flight ban between the UK and UAE, those wishing to travel to the UK can still depart from the UAE to other countries where flights to the UK are permitted.
- Flights to London (Heathrow) have resumed from the UAE; however, travel on these flights are only permitted for British and Irish nationals, and passengers with residence rights for the UK. All passengers will be required to stay in a managed quarantine hotel, undergo further COVID-19 PCR testing and abide by official directives.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? no
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place
- Travellers arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) travelling directly by road to Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 48 hours or a negative DPI test result taken within 24 hours. The negative test result must be displayed in the Al Hosn app. DPI tests cannot be used to enter Abu Dhabi consecutive times. Tests can be pre-booked online at: https://ghantoot.quantlase.com/appointment/update-details/
- Requirements for tourists:
Travellers arriving to Abu Dhabi by road via other emirates from green list countries can enter Abu Dhabi after presenting a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
Travellers from non-green list countries who wish to enter Abu Dhabi by road through neighboring emirates must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours and quarantine if they have been in the UAE for less than 10 days. The self-quarantine requirement for Abu Dhabi is ten days. However, the quarantine requirement for international travellers who wish to enter Abu Dhabi from other emirates will depend on how many days they have spent in other emirates before entering Abu Dhabi. For example, if they have been in the UAE for 4 days before going to Abu Dhabi, they will need to self-isolate for six days. If they have been in the UAE for ten days, they do not need to self-isolate upon entry to Abu Dhabi. However the final decision for quarantine duration is subject to local authorities' interpretation.
Travellers staying in Abu Dhabi for six days or more must take a PCR test on day six. Travellers staying for 12 days or more must take a PCR test on days six and day 12.
- Individuals are permitted to move freely within Abu Dhabi, including between Abu Dhabi city, al-Ain city and al-Dhafrah region. - Taxis are in operation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports.
- There are no restrictions in place for exiting Abu Dhabi or movement between Dubai and the other emirates.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
A face mask must be worn at all times.

• Other
- It is compulsory for employees and residents in Abu Dhabi to get a PCR test every seven days if they have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. This is mandatory for all employees in all sectors, except for those working from home. People will be exempt from this rule once they have been vaccinated.
- In Sharjah, employees of governmental and semi-governmental institutions are mandated to take a weekly PCR test; for those in private sector organisations, a test needs to be taken every two weeks. Individuals who have taken part in a vaccine programme are exempt.
- A list of accredited testing centres in Dubai can be found here: https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-screening-documents/approved-laboratories-in-dubai.pdf


(Until further notice)
Abu Dhabi
Entry to most public places, such as malls, gyms and beaches, will be restricted to vaccinated individuals or those who have recently tested negative for COVID-19. This will be demonstrated by the 'green status' on their Al-Hosn app.

The Green Pass is granted based on PCR test results (negative showing as green) and the validity depends on the vaccination status of the individual:
- Vaccine trial volunteers and those vaccinated with both doses with 28 or more days passed from the last dose: 30 days
- Those who received both doses fewer than 28 days ago: 14 days
- Those who received only one dose: seven days
- Those who have second dose delayed by 48 and more days: three days
- Unvaccinated and exempted (with official certificate) from vaccination: seven days
- Unvaccinated: three days

The list of exemptions can be found here: https://u.ae/en/information-and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/vaccines-against-covid-19-in-the-uae
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsABU DHABI: Passengers flying to Abu Dhabi after 1 July will not need to quarantine as the emirate will have different testing protocols in place for those coming from low- and high-risk countries. Those coming from high-risk countries will have to take two tests, one before departure and one upon arrival.
(Until further notice)



(Until further notice)
DUBAI: -From 23 June, passengers from India, who have a valid UAE residence visa and have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, are allowed to travel to Dubai. Passengers will also need to present a negative QR-coded PCR test certificate taken 48 hours before departure from India, unless they are a UAE national. In addition, all passengers from India will be required to undergo a rapid PCR test four hours prior to departure to Dubai and must also undergo another PCR test on arrival in Dubai. -Travellers from South Africa who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine will also be allowed to enter Dubai. All passengers, with the exception of UAE nationals, must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours before departure to Dubai. Passengers must also undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai and transit passengers will have to comply with entry protocols of final destinations. -The above rules also apply to all passengers arriving from Nigeria, who with the exception of UAE citizens, must present a negative test result for a PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure. The negative PCR test certificate should carry a QR Code and the test must have been conducted by labs approved by the Nigerian government. Passengers must then undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for United Arab Emirates (UAE)

COVID-19 information for United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The overall risks associated with travel to the UAE are rated as LOW. Business travellers are highly unlikely to fall victim to violent crime. Petty crime is a minor problem, but levels remain below those in most Western or Asian countries. The UAE has strict laws governing public conduct; business travellers should respect all local legal, political, and religious sensitivities. There is a credible risk of terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists throughout the Gulf region, including in countries such as the UAE that have traditionally been considered to be safe. This includes the risk of a large-scale, 'spectacular' terrorist attack, but the most immediate risk to foreign nationals in the UAE is posed by individuals seeking to carry out small-scale, spontaneous or indiscriminate attacks on foreign personnel or interests.

This information is intended as a summary of the security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For United Arab Emirates
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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