United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Region: Middle East-West Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

OPEN: to international leisure travel

Most recent update: 2021-02-04 - Issuing of tourist visas resumed


General Policy
  1. Travellers who have been in South Africa within 14 days of departure to Dubai, including those transiting in other countries within 14 days before travelling to Dubai, will be denied entry.
  2. Effective 18 November 2020, issuing of new visas to citizens of the following 13 countries has stopped: Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen. Applications for new employment and visit visas for nationals outside the UAE are suspended until further notice.
  3. Effective 24 September 2020, issuing of tourist visas, suspended since March, has resumed.
  4. Effective July 7, Dubai International Airport has reopened to travellers, with the lifting of flight suspension that was in effect since March 26.
  5. Effective June 4, the suspension on all regular commercial passenger flight operations, in effect since March 26, was partially lifted to permit transit/transfer at airports.
  6. Effective June 1, foreign nationals who possess a valid residence visa will be allowed to return, following lifting of a suspension of their entry in effect since March 19.
  1. Emirates: Tourists travelling to Dubai
  2. “UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states”
  3. "Abu Dhabi and five other emirates to issue tourist visas from today"
  4. Dubai Airports COVID-19 Update
  5. "Emirates, Etihad to resume transit flights, Qatar Airways adds more"
  6. "UAE launches initiative to repatriate residents holding valid visas"

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

(Source: Emirates: Tourists travelling to Dubai )

  1. All arriving travellers from any point of origin must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. UAE nationals are exempt, but will be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport.
  2. Travellers arriving from any of 55 countries (see source for listing) will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport.
  3. Travellers transiting through Dubai from any of the 55 countries are required to present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, as well as to follow any requirements mandated by their final destination. Travellers transiting through Dubai from all other countries do not need a COVID‑19 PCR test unless required by their final destination.
  4. Travellers arriving from India, Pakistan, Nigeria or Bangladesh must get the certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document (link at source) to be accepted on the flight.
Data Collection
  • On arrival, travellers must download the COVID-19 DXB app.
Movement Restrictions
  • If tested at the airport, traveller must remain in hotel or residence until test result received. If the test result is positive, traveller will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.


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Pre-pandemic visa rules


Passport Validity
6 months
Other Documents
Confirmed round-trip airline ticket or airline ticket to other destination required for entry.
- Transit without visa with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. Must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.
Dual Nationality
The UAE does not recognize dual nationality.
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. Can apply to extend stay for an additional 30 days.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)