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 Emirati citizens, UAE residents, and visitors.   


December 22, 2020 – International travelers to the UAE are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure and take a second PCR test upon arrival. In light of recent developments, some airlines have altered operations. 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

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.

Travelers to the UAE

Mandatory COVID-19 Tests

As of December 22, international travelers to the UAE are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure and take a second PCR test upon entering the emirate. Travelers from some countries will be exempt from quarantine, and all travelers will need to undergo additional tests based on their period of stay in the UAE. See here for additional information.

Effective December 24, Etihad Airways will require all travelers flying from the United Kingdom to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours validity of their flight departure time.

UAE Visa Policies

Tourist visas are being issued by the Dubai and Abu Dhabi authorities. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must present a negative PCR or DPI test taken within 72 hours. Residents and visitors will need to undergo additional tests in the emirate based on their period of stay. Additional information on the testing requirements and process is available here.

This policy applies to US citizens.

Holders of diplomatic passports are exempted from this decision.

GCC Citizens

Emirates and Etihad have temporarily suspended flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait until further notice, based on the directives of the respective authorities to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine Information

Quarantine requirements depend on whether entering as a tourist or resident and additional COVID-19 concerns or test results. If arriving in Dubai, visit the Government of Dubai website for information about testing on arrival and quarantine. If arriving in Abu Dhabi, visit the Government of Abu Dhabi website.

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

As of August 12th, 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 to facilitate travel procedures. Dubai residents must receive pre-travel approval from the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs

UAE residents traveling from certain countries to the UAE can either present a negative COVID-19 PCR test at check-in counters or take a PCR test on arrival. The test must be from an accredited laboratory in the country they are in and taken within 96 hours prior to departure.

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.

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