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.
January 28, 2021 – Effective January 26, all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country are required to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. According to the Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, travelers to the US are also required to comply with other applicable CDC guidelines concerning international travel, including recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the US.
International travelers to the UAE are required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR result prior to departure and may need to take a second PCR test and quarantine upon arrival. See below for more information.
UAE public health authorities provide information on their websites:
- Abu Dhabi Department of Health updates on COVID-19
- Dubai Health Authority updates on COVID-19
- UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention
- UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority
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 include:
- Emirati Citizen Affairs
- Attestation and Legalization of Documents
- 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.
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
COVID-19 Tests and Quarantine
As of January 31, all UAE residents, GCC citizens and tourists traveling to Dubai are required to present a negative PCR test result received within 72 hours of their scheduled departure and may need to take a second PCR test upon arrival. UAE citizens will be required to take a PCR test only on arrival, regardless of the country they are coming from. See here for additional information on travel to Dubai.
Travelers to Abu Dhabi are required present a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours of their scheduled departure, or within 72 hours if flying from the UK. Travelers from most countries are required to quarantine for 10 days, and all travelers will need to undergo additional tests based on their period of stay in the UAE. See here for additional information on travel to Abu Dhabi.
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 48 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.