- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. Tourist visas are only being issued in Dubai. Residents are permitted to enter. Please see below for additional information.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes. Please see the COVID-19 testing section for additional information.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
The UAE has relaxed some entry requirements. Currently, tourist visas are being issued only by the Dubai authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Abu Dhabi authorities at the Abu Dhabi airport. Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road, but must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or negative laser blood test with results received within 48 hours. Abu Dhabi residents or visitors from outside the Abu Dhabi Emirates who enter Abu Dhabi and stay for more than six consecutive days or more are required to take an additional COVID-19 PCR test on the sixth day. Guidance can change regularly. For more information, please visit official sources.
Residents no longer need approvals from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to return to the UAE. Instead, travelers from all Emirates outside of Dubai must visit uaeentry.ica.gov.ae to enter their passport information and Emirates ID number. After providing that information, residents should receive a message allowing them to proceed with their travel plans. Dubai residents must receive pre-travel approval from the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs. As this information can change rapidly, for more information, please contact the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA). Dubai residents may contact the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigner Affairs.
Residents may now travel outside of the UAE for “general reasons” provided they adhere to the below requirements:
- Receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 96 hours of international travel
- Obtain international health insurance for the entire duration of travel
- Adhere to health regulations of the country they are traveling to
- Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before their return to the UAE
- Quarantine upon return to the UAE
U.S. passport holders may receive a tourist visa on arrival in Dubai, typically valid for 30 days. Please consult the UAE Embassy in the United States for additional information.
All travelers to the UAE must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure. Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.
As the situation is rapidly changing, please visit official sources for the latest information. Further information on steps to take before travel can be found on the websites of the Government of Dubai and Government of Abu Dhabi. In addition, consult with your airline or the UAE’s national airlines, Etihad and Emirates for the latest requirements before boarding your flight. Airlines often request passengers to provide a copy of their health insurance (with coverage in the UAE).