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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai (14 May, 2020)
May 14, 2020

Waiver of fines for expired residency and entry permits: Media report the UAE will waive all fines for residency visas, entry permits, and Emirates IDs which expired before March 1, 2020. UAE residents and visitors have a three-month grace period to depart the UAE starting May 18 and may contact the Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship for more information. 

Emirates airlines announces limited scheduled flights: Beginning May 21, Emirates airlines will begin operating scheduled services to nine global destinations including Chicago. Book online at www.emirates.com.

There will be non-stop flights on Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to New York and Chicago departing on May 15. Book online on the Etihad website to make your reservation.

The U.S. government has no plans to organize repatriation flights from the UAE to the United States. For additional information on other 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.

Etihad and Emirates announce limited inbound flights to the UAE: Etihad Airways and Emirates will operate limited one-way flights to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to enable UAE residents to return to the UAE from different parts of the world. UAE residents seeking to return need to request approval at MoFAIC.gov.ae before making a reservation. For more information, please click here.

Actions to Take:  Enroll in STEP at step.state.gov to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
Confirm the validity of your travel documents, including passports and visas.
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.
For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the UAE.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
Check with your airlines regarding information about your travel plans or restrictions.

Assistance: U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance can email American Citizen Services at AbuDhabiACS@state.gov (for Abu Dhabi) or DubaiACS@state.gov (for Dubai and other emirates).

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
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444

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