U.S. Citizen Alert: U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai

Alerts are released on Mondays. Any urgent updates may be released in addition to regularly scheduled Alerts.

National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) steps up effort to bring back UAE residents:  NCEMA announced UAE residents with valid visas who have been staying outside the UAE due to COVID-19 must first request approval to return at smartservices.ica.gov.ae before booking flight tickets to return to the country.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General in Dubai will publicize any announcement on the resumption of student visa interviews once information is available: The Embassy, Consulate, Secretary Pompeo, and our entire State Department team are taking this issue seriously and are seeking ways to ensure that U.S.-destined aspiring and returning students will receive priority attention once routine visa operations can resume. Please follow the Embassy/Consulate website and social media channels for the latest information.

All consular services for American citizens and visa applicants at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate continue to operate at reduced capacity: We will announce when we can provide additional consular services, but are unable to give a specific date at this time. Please see  this link for the latest information on American Citizen  Services  and Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are an American citizen in need of an emergency service, please send an email to AbuDhabiACS@state.gov (Abu Dhabi and Al Ain) or DubaiACS@state.gov (for Dubai and other emirates).

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 and Al Ain) 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