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Covid-19 Travel Restrictions in the United Arab Emirates

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For visitors and locals, the UAE has relaxed its entry conditions. Subject to a 14-day self-isolation and wearing a medically approved wristband, travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken 96 hours after departure.

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The United Arab Emirates has barred most non-residents from joining. There is, however, a different set of regulations explicitly for entry into Dubai that was revealed on 21 June and is now in place for residents and visitors to Dubai. UAE residents no longer need to pre-register prior to returning to the country as of August 12. However, before flying to the country, all travelers (including people, residents, visitors, and transit passengers) entering the UAE must have a negative COVID-19 test result. This must be a negative outcome of the COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) examination taken within 96 hours of departure and must be shown for commercial flights to the UAE to be boarded.

The evaluation criterion would be exempted from children under the age of 12 and those with serious and moderate disabilities. Those entering the country will also be requested to take a further PCR COVID-19 test on arrival and will be required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine and to self-isolate for 14 days. After immigration clearance, the wristband will be issued at Abu Dhabi airport. Arrivals under 18 years of age, over the age of 60, ambassadors, or people with a chronic condition would be exempted from wearing the wristband.

For entry to Dubai, new procedures for returning residents were established on 21 June. Dubai’s overseas citizens are now able to return to Dubai.

Dubai residents must apply for a return permit on the website of the Dubai Government’s Directorate General of Citizenship and Foreign Affairs. Residents will also be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form before they travel back. On arrival, both forms must be printed, completed, and handed over to Dubai Health Authority personnel. More information on how to book a flight for returning residents can be found on the website of Emirates Airlines. Returning residents will have to undergo a PCR Covid-19 test at the airport upon their return to Dubai and register their details on the Covid-19 DXB App. Returning residents must isolate themselves at home before the results of their tests are available. Those who check positive for Covid-19 are expected to isolate themselves for a minimum of 14 days and comply with any rules provided by the Dubai authorities.

Non-resident tourists to Dubai will be able to fly to Dubai from 7 July onwards. More information about what tourists need to do before they fly and what will happen about arrival in Dubai can be found on the website of the Government of Dubai, including information on arrival testing and quarantine. They will also be expected to complete a health declaration form and a quarantine form before visitors travel to Dubai. On arrival, both forms must be printed, completed, and handed over to Dubai Health Authority personnel. Visitors to Dubai will also be expected to register their data with the Covid-19 DXB App. Until traveling, tourists must have international health insurance and must demonstrate that they have had a negative PCR Covid-19 test no more than four days until their departure date.

Upon arrival in Dubai, passport holders from some countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, may be able to obtain a tourist visa, usually valid for 30 days.

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