Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information on UAE Response

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 citizens, residents, and visitors.   

UPDATE: Beginning August 1st, all inbound and transit passengers to the UAE are required to take a COVID-19 test before flying. See below for more information.


General Information

Visit the Emirates News Agency’s (WAM’s) Coronavirus update page for the latest information. 

UAE public health authorities also have additional information on their websites:

With one of the highest per-capita testing 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.

UAE Humanitarian Assistance During COVID-19

While the UAE is working to support UAE nationals and residents abroad, it is also providing humanitarian assistance to other countries to help contain the spread of COVID-19. More here.

Consular Services

All Embassy documents required for consular services must be mailed to the Embassy until further notice.

3522 International Court, NW
Suite 100

Washington, DC 20008

To inquire about consular services please call: (202) 243-2400.

Emirati citizens with urgent needs should contact the emergency number: +1 (202) 431-5530. Additional information can be found in the "UAE Nationals in the United States" section below.

Travelers to the UAE

Mandatory COVID-19 Tests

Beginning August 1st, a COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers, including Emiratis, residents, and tourists, arriving via the UAE's airports, irrespective of the countries they are coming from. Travelers to the UAE are required to present a negative COVID-19 test report at check-in desks before flying to the Emirates. This rule also applies to all passengers transiting via UAE airports to other destinations.

Important Temporary Updates to UAE Visa Policies

The UAE has announced a temporary suspension on issuing visas upon arrival for holders of exempted passports, effective 01:00am (UAE local time) on Thursday, March 19, 2020, as part of the precautionary and preventive measures adopted by the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The decision will apply to holders of exempted passports until a medical clearance process is activated at the departure country as part of global precautionary measures being undertaken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

This policy applies to US citizens.

Holders of diplomatic passports are exempted from this decision.

GCC Citizens

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued a statement suspending entry of GCC citizens, starting midnight March 20th, until a pre-check mechanism involving COVID-19 is approved.

Additional 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.

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

Starting June 1st, foreign nationals holding valid residence visas can return to the UAE. Those who wish to return to the UAE should register for the service entitled "Residents' Entry Permit," via the Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship's (ICA) website:

Residents who are currently abroad can also register for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation's service: “Tawajudi for residents.” This service aims to facilitate their safe return to UAE in emergency situations and can be accessed through the main page of the Ministry's website, under Individual Services, then click on “Tawajudi for residents”.

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 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.

UAE Embassy Repatriation Efforts

As part of the response to COVID-19, the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC is working to assist UAE nationals and residents in the US, and help them 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.

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