UAE Response to Covid-19

UPDATE: June 13, 2022

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 who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure.

UAE airlines’ websites have constant updates on flight schedules, as well as information on what to expect upon arriving in Abu Dhabi or Dubai:

See below for more information.

Traveling to Abu Dhabi

International visitors no longer need a test before flying into Abu Dhabi if they are fully vaccinated, under 16 years old, or hold a COVID-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated within 30 days of departure. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their scheduled departure. 

Visitors are no longer required to take a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, the testing facility remains at the airport for any visitors who wish to take a PCR test (AED 40) to activate their Al Hosn green pass.

Review additional information on travel to Abu Dhabi here.

Vaccinated visitors are permitted entry to events, tourist attractions and cultural sites in Abu Dhabi after showing a green pass verifying their testing and vaccination status on the Al Hosn app. Individuals without the Al Hosn app can alternatively access public places by presenting proof of full vaccination and a negative test result received within 14 days. As of March 17, 2022, unvaccinated individuals are permitted to enter public places after presenting a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours.

Traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi 

As of February 28, 2022, visitors are not required to show the Al Hosn green pass or undergo an EDE scan in order to enter Abu Dhabi from within the UAE. The green pass is still required to enter public spaces in Abu Dhabi.

Traveling to Dubai

International visitors flying to Dubai who are fully vaccinated will need to present an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate that contains a QR code. Unvaccinated travelers will need to present a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 that contains a QR code.

Review additional information on travel to Dubai here.

Traveling to the United States

All non-US citizen, non-US immigrants traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of June 12, 2022, air passengers traveling to the US from a foreign country are no longer required to show a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

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 countries around the world in their fight against COVID-19. The Abu Dhabi HOPE Consortium assisted UNICEF with the shipment of 65 ultra-low temperature freezers to 21 African countries in addition to partnering with Kenya-based cargo airline Astral Aviation to expand vaccine distribution solutions. As of September 2021, Emirates SkyCargo has transported more than 250 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 75 destinations through its Dubai hub.

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.

General Information

UAE public health authorities provide information on their websites:

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

Consular services include:

  1. Emirati Citizen Affairs
  2. Attestation and Legalization of Documents
  3. 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.

3522 International Court, NW

Suite 100

Washington, DC 20008

 

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.

Additional information on UAE visa and passport requirements.

Additional Information

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.

UAE Residents

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.

UAE Nationals in the United States

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.

3522 International Court, NW

Suite 100

Washington, DC 20008

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.