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Message to U.S. Citizens: Updated Guidelines and Resources for Travel to the United States (January 6, 2022)
January 6, 2022

Message to U.S. Citizens – Updated Guidelines and Resources for Travel to the United States

As of December 6, 2021, all air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country are required to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.

 Currently, given high demand, COVID PCR testing in the United Arab Emirates can take 24-48 hours or longer to receive results. Travelers should be aware and take this into consideration when making travel arrangements.

Additionally, airlines and the local United Arab Emirates health authorities may have their own requirements for quarantine, testing, and boarding aircraft in addition to the CDC requirements for entry to the United States. Travelers should check local and airline guidance well in advance to ascertain they have met the necessary requirements.

Please note that while CDC guidelines accept both negative PCR and rapid antigen “viral” test results as well as proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 90 days, many airlines, including Emirates Air, only accept negative PCR test results for boarding flights originating in the UAE destined for the United States.

The U.S. Consulate is not able to override local, CDC or airline COVID-19 guidelines.

Actions to Take:

Click here for our Travel to the U.S. FAQs.


  • 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


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