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COVID-19 Information
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October 7, 2022

Last updated:  [11/07/2022]

 

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers .

 

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions .

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? Yes
  • Information on COVID-related entry requirements is available on the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates  and Etihad  and Emirates  Airlines websites.
  • Travelers to Abu Dhabi who are fully vaccinated must present an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate containing a QR code.  Travelers to Abu Dhabi who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their scheduled departure.
  • Travelers to Dubai who are fully vaccinated must present an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate that contains a QR code. Unvaccinated travelers must 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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • International visitors to Abu Dhabi no longer need a PCR test before flying 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.
  • Unvaccinated travelers to Abu Dhabi must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their scheduled departure.
  • Unvaccinated travelers to Dubai must 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.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Thermal scanners are in place at airports, and travelers who have a fever may require further health screening.

 

Quarantine Information 

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • U.S. citizens in the United Arab Emirates are subject to the health and safety policies of the local government. Quarantine requirements for individuals exposed to COVID-19 or who test positive vary depending on the emirate. U.S. citizens who test positive for COVID-19 in Dubai will be required to quarantine for five (5) days in their private residence, or hotel.  Furthermore, these quarantine requirements may apply to individuals who test positive at any point while present in the UAE, including individuals who test positive prior to a scheduled departure flight from the UAE to the United States. U.S. citizens may be required to pay all related quarantine costs, including flight disruptions. Additional information on quarantine rules can be found here . 

 

COVID-19 Testing

  • U.S. citizens may obtain a COVID-19 test throughout the UAE at private facilities and official government health centers. 
  • Information on COVID-19 testing locations is available on the SEHA website .
  • U.S. citizens are responsible for their testing expenses.  In some cases, senior citizens and residents may qualify for free testing.  Information on free testing is available on the SEHA website .
  • Test results are usually sent via text message or email and the Al-Hosn App. 
  • General information on COVID-19 testing is available on the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP)  and SEHA  websites.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Are vaccines available in the United Arab Emirates for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Residents and visitors may receive COVID-19 vaccines at any SEHA vaccination center, but only residents may receive vaccines free of charge. 
  • Visitors to the UAE may receive COVID-19 vaccines at any SEHA vaccination center .

 

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Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No  
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

 

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • The UAE Attorney General announced that individuals failing to follow rules and regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 will face fines varying from 1,000 to 100,000 AED (Emirati dirhams).  Fines may change regularly.  Information on fines is available from UAE official sources.