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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai 
April 17, 2020


Dubai Police update movement permit rules.  Dubai residents may apply for a movement permit once every three days to buy groceries or visit pharmacies, and once every five days for cash withdrawal, according to Dubai authorities. To request a permit, please visit  https://dxbpermit.gov.ae/home.

Visas and Residency Extensions.  he UAE confirmed that residency visas, entry permits and Emirates IDs expiring after March 1, 2020 will have the validity automatically extended until the end of 2020.

Additional U.S.-Bound Flights : Several Etihad and Emirates flights from the UAE to the U.S. are now available.Contact the airlines directly to make your reservation:

  • April 18 – EK 235 to Chicago
  • April 22 – EY 101 to NYC
  • April 24 – EY 151 to Chicago
  • April 29 – EY 101 to NYC

Emirates and Etihad airlines are still operating a limited number of flights to Europe and Asia. Emirates flights from Dubai to London and Frankfurt are scheduled to cease on April 26 and April 29 respectively. Please check with the airlines about flights to other destinations. For additional information and FAQs on flight options from the UAE to the United States, click  here. Passengers traveling to the U.S. via a transit stop must show their onward ticket to the U.S. in order to board aircraft in the UAE.

Passport Processing.  Passport processing centers in the United States are currently unable to process new full-validity passport applications. U.S. citizens, including families of newborn children without passports, who have travel plans within two weeks should contact  abudhabiacs@state.gov  (for Abu Dhabi) or  dubaiacs@state.gov  for an appointment to apply for an emergency passport. Emergency passports will have 1-year limited validity.

Notarizing documents.  Due to COVID-19, routine American Citizen Services, including notary services, have been suspended. If you need documents notarized, some U.S. jurisdictions allow for remote notarization. Individuals needing to notarize documents for use in the United States may wish to explore the possibility of remote notarization. They may also wish to consult with a local attorney to ensure that remote notarization is permitted under UAE law.

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  (for Dubai 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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