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United Arab Emirates Travel Restrictions

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Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter the United Arab Emirates with a negative COVID-19 test result.
Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter the United Arab Emirates without restrictions.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from the United Arab Emirates for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


United Arab Emirates entry details and exceptions

Approval is not needed for those who got a newly issued residence or employment visa, short stay or long stay visa, 10-year UAE golden visa, investor or partner visa, visit visa or visa on arrival, and tourists traveling to the UAE. Travel restrictions vary depending on the specific destination within the United Arab Emirates.


Outgoing travel to the United Arab EmiratesTraveling from the United States to the United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 48 hours before departing to the United Arab Emirates.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Travelers must fulfil one of the below requirements:
- Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code
- Present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code
- Present a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival
Exemptions for the COVID‑19 PCR test applies to:
- UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country, however, there will be random PCR testing on arrival in Dubai.
- First-degree relatives of a UAE national traveling on the same flight.
- Domestic workers travelling with a UAE national sponsor.
COVID-19 PCR test and vaccination exemptions applies to:
- Children below 12 years old.
- Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities:
Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell's palsy, Brain tumors, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, and seizures.
- All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate as per the requirements.
Transiting passengers are not required to present a COVID 19‑PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination. Passengers booked with Dubai Connect/Stopover packages must follow the same PCR test requirements as applicable for passengers arriving/entering Dubai.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors from the United States are not required to quarantine after entering the United Arab Emirates.


Return travelReturning to the United States from the United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travelers returning from the United Arab Emirates must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken within 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departure to the United States.

Details and exceptions
Effective:December 6th, 2021: A COVID-19 negative test result taken within 1 day before departure must be presented to the airline before boarding your flight. This applies to ALL incoming air travelers, regardless of vaccination status or nationality.
Children under the age of 2 are exempt from test requirements as well as travelers who have both valid proof or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and a letter from a valid healthcare authority who has stated that they are cleared for travel. Refer to the CDC Website for more details.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from the United Arab Emirates are not required to quarantine upon entering the United States.

Details and exceptions
Foreign nationals (non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants) who are not fully vaccinated and are permitted to travel to the US by air by meeting certain vaccine exemptions are required to self quarantine for 7 days, unless they have a valid COVID-19 recovery document.
Travelers should also follow state and local requirements and recommendations after travel.

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