Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information on UAE Response
UPDATE: October 13, 2021
In response to the global outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), UAE public health authorities are taking action to protect the safety and well-being of UAE citizens, residents, and visitors.
International travelers to the UAE are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR result prior to departure and may need to take a second PCR test and quarantine upon arrival.
Travel from some countries is restricted. See below for more information.
UAE airlines’ websites have constant updates on flight schedules, as well as information on what to expect upon arriving in Abu Dhabi or Dubai:
Traveling to Abu Dhabi (updated October 13, 2021)
Vaccinated travelers arriving into Abu Dhabi from international destinations are not required to quarantine if the final vaccine dose was administered at least 28 days before traveling to Abu Dhabi. Visitors arriving from a green list country do not need to quarantine upon arrival, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. As of October 8, 2021, the United States is included among the green list countries.
Visitors who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and whose trip does not originate from a green list country are required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Abu Dhabi.
All travelers to Abu Dhabi are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 48 hours of their scheduled departure and take additional tests while in Abu Dhabi. Before departure, visitors must also register for ICA approval by completing the register arrivals form and uploading an international vaccination certificate. Visitors will then receive an SMS including a link to download the Al Hosn app.
Review additional information on travel to Abu Dhabi here.
As of August 20, 2021, only vaccinated citizens, residents and tourists are permitted to enter some public places in Abu Dhabi, including restaurants, malls and museums, after showing their testing and vaccination status on the Al Hosn app.
Traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Visitors traveling to Abu Dhabi from other emirates by road no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test at the border.
Traveling to Dubai
Americans traveling to Dubai must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before their departure for Dubai.
Review additional information on travel to Dubai here.
Traveling to the United States
All air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country are required to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs, and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.
According to the Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, travelers to the US are also required to comply with other applicable CDC guidelines concerning international travel, including recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the US.
The US is expected to ease travel restrictions for international travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting in November.
UAE COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
The UAE is playing a critical role to facilitate and accelerate the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, and help combat the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to learn more.
UAE Humanitarian Assistance During COVID-19
The UAE is supporting India in its fight against a surge in COVID-19 infections. DP World provided UNICEF with end-to-end logistics support to send critical equipment to New Delhi. And in May 2021, Emirates SkyCargo flew 100 tons of relief materials from Dubai to India after establishing a humanitarian airbridge to help international NGOS transport urgent aid to the country.
The UAE has provided medical aid, ventilators, testing kits, personal protective equipment and supplies to 135 countries worldwide to support global efforts to combat COVID-19. Click here to read about the UAE's worldwide efforts to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and see here for country-specific information on the UAE's assistance.
UAE public health authorities provide information on their websites:
- Abu Dhabi Department of Health updates on COVID-19
- Dubai Health Authority updates on COVID-19
- UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention
- UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority
With one of the highest per-capita vaccination rates in the world, the UAE is leading global efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. UAE health authorities are implementing extensive preventative measures to protect public health in line with the World Health Organization’s rules and regulations. For the latest information on cases in the UAE, visit the Abu Dhabi Department of Health website.
Consular services include:
- Emirati Citizen Affairs
- Attestation and Legalization of Documents
- Issuing Diplomatic and Official Passports
All Embassy documents required for consular services must be mailed in a prepaid, return envelope to the Embassy until further notice.
To inquire about consular services, please call the relevant number below:
- UAE Embassy in Washington, DC: (202) 243-2400
- Boston Consulate: (617) 948-8803
- Houston Consulate: (832) 956-6666
- Los Angeles Consulate: (310) 623-5604
- New York City Consulate: (212) 419-7670
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm EST
Emirati citizens with urgent needs should contact the emergency number: +1 (202) 716-8211.
Additional information can be found in the "UAE Nationals in the United States" section below.
UAE Visa Policies
Tourist visas are being issued by the Dubai and Abu Dhabi authorities. As of August 30, 2021, applications for tourist visas are open to people from all countries, provided that they are fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. This includes vaccinated visitors arriving from countries from which travel to the UAE was previously banned.
This policy applies to US citizens.
Holders of diplomatic passports are exempted from this decision.
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority is also providing updates on air travel to and from the UAE.
US citizens in the UAE should refer to the State Department and the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi for the latest updates and information.
As a precaution, many events in the UAE have been postponed or canceled. If you have plans to attend an event or conference in the UAE, please contact the event’s organizers for guidance.
As of August 12, 2020, foreign nationals holding valid residence visas for all Emirates outside of Dubai no longer need to apply for permission to return to the UAE. Pre-approvals for residents’ return will be automatically granted. Residents are advised to update their personal data at uaeentry.ica.gov.ae to facilitate travel procedures. Dubai residents must receive pre-travel approval from the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs.
All precautionary and preventive measures apply to UAE residents upon their arrival to the country, in accordance with protocols in effect, including taking a PCR test on arrival, adhering to the approved quarantine period and downloading the Al-Hosn application for health and safety purposes.
For UAE nationals currently residing in or visiting the United States, the UAE Embassy and Consulates are available to assist.
Please note that all Embassy documents required for consular services must be mailed in a prepaid, return envelope to the Embassy until further notice.
You may also refer to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information.
For all inquiries, please contact the Embassy at: (202) 243-2400.
Additional contact information for the Embassy can be found here.
UAE Embassy Repatriation Efforts
As part of the response to COVID-19, the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC worked to help UAE nationals and residents in the US return to the UAE. More here.
UAE Embassy Support for Local Communities
The UAE Embassy is partnering with Washington, DC organizations and charities to support local communities confronting medical and economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis. More here.