Health Alert : U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai (March 19, 2020)

Event: As of March 19, 2020 the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced 113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UAE.

The Government of the UAE has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including enhanced screening and quarantine measures. Schools and universities are closed until at least April 5. Sporting events, festivals, and gatherings larger than 300 people have been banned. Religious services have also been suspended for four weeks. Visit the UAE Ministry of Health COVID-19 website for updated information.

On March 19 the UAE announced that is has suspended entry of valid visa holders who are currently outside the UAE. This includes holders of valid resident visas. The UAE also announced it suspended on March 19 the issuance of new visas, including visas on arrival, which American visitors formerly used, and transit visas. The suspensions will remain in place for two weeks but may be renewed by the UAE government. The UAE government recommends that residents currently outside the UAE should contact the nearest UAE diplomatic mission for assistance and information.

Individuals affected by these suspensions may also contact the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship for further information:

‏-Mobile: +971501066099

-Landline: +97123128867 or +97123128865

-Fax: +97125543883


Diplomats are exempt from the visa suspensions. Despite the visa suspensions, expatriates already inside the UAE on resident or visit visas should consult with relevant local authorities on extending their visas.

Travelers should be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advanced notice. Many travelers in the UAEhave reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for the UAE.

Actions to Take:


  • 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