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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai
March 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

Location: Throughout the United Arab Emirates

The U.S. Mission to the UAE is sending a daily update to ensure all U.S. citizens in the UAE have the latest information about COVID-19 and local conditions.   

Event:  Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced on March 30 that due to intensified sterilization procedures, only residents of the al-Ras area in Dubai will be permitted to enter al-Ras for a two-week period beginning March 31.  The UAE government confirmed that teams from the Dubai Health Authority will provideessential supplies to the residents of al-Ras.

The UAE Cabinet announced on March 30 that residency visas and Emirates IDs thatexpired on or after March 1 will receive an automatic three-month extension.

The UAE government on March 28 opened a mobile COVID-19 testing facility at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.  Appointments must be booked in advance by calling the UAE Department of Health at 8001717.  The UAE government plans to deploy additional mobile testing facilities throughout the UAE.  Visit the  UAE Ministry of Health website  for additional information on COVID-19 in the UAE.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention on March 28 extended the UAE initiative to disinfect public facilities, including roads, until April 5.  From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, public transport will be shut down and movement restricted.  The UAE government has requested that individuals wishing to move outside their homes during these hours register for movement permits at  https://dxbpermit.gov.ae/home or through the Abu Dhabi Police’s website at  https://www.adpolice.gov.ae/en/pages/home.aspx.  Failure to register movements could result in fines.

Fines may also be assessed for failing tofollow social distancing protocols, for driving with more than three people in a car, and for organizing or attending social gatherings, meetings, or public celebrations.

Public spaces, shopping malls, and most retail stores are closed.  Grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations remain open. Visit the  UAE Ministry of Health COVID-19 website  for updated information.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority suspended all inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights for two weeks, subject to extension, effective March 25.    

Effective March 29, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai went to minimal staffing.  Consular Sections will continue to provide the following emergency services to U.S. citizens:  renewing expired passports or passports expiring within 6 months; processing applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad; and processing Consular Reports of Death Abroad.  U.S. citizens may request an emergency appointment through email by contacting the Embassy at  AbuDhabiACS@state.gov  or the Consulate at  DubaiACS@state.gov.

Actions to Take:


U.S. citizens looking for options to return to the U.S. can email American Citizen Services at  abudhabiacs@state.gov  (for Abu Dhabi) or  dubaiacs@state.gov  (forDubai and other emirates) or call the U.S. Department of State Repatriation Task Force at 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. and Canada or +1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi
Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No. 4
+971 2 414 2200


U.S. Consulate General Dubai
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed and Al Seef Streets
+971 4 309 4000
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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