Quarantine in Dubai and Abu Dhabi: everything you need to know when arriving from abroad

Abu Dhabi will allow quarantine-free travel from July 1

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As countries begin to allow their citizens to return to international travel, many expats living in the UAE are hoping to take long-awaited trips to visit family and friends.

At the same time, thousands of tourists are looking to visit the UAE for summer holidays.

While some countries and territories require visitors to quarantine on arrival, Dubai does not, and as of July 1, Abu Dhabi will no longer require travellers to do so either.

There are, however, protocols that need to be followed.

The National explains them here.

UAE travel rules

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Quarantine rules for passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi from July 1 are set to change. Delores Johnson / The National 

At the time of writing, most passengers from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are not allowed to enter the UAE.

All visitors arriving in the UAE need to download Al Hosn, the Emirates' track-and-trace app, which can also be used to prove vaccination status and last Covid-19 test details.

UAE residents travelling into Abu Dhabi must update their details on uaeentry.ica.gov.ae prior to travelling.

Residents travelling into Dubai airport must also update the form, unless they hold a Dubai visa, in which case it is not necessary.

Quarantine rules for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi will remove all Covid-19 quarantine restrictions for most international travellers on July 1. However, the emirate will have different testing protocols for visitors from low-risk and high-risk countries.

So, there are three major factors travellers need to consider before flying to the Emirate.

1. Are you travelling before or after July 1?

2. Are you vaccinated or not?

3. Are you a tourist or a resident?

Travelling to Abu Dhabi before July 1

At present, passengers arriving from countries not on Abu Dhabi's green list are required to quarantine, and must wear an approved wristband for the duration.

Among residents, vaccinated passengers must quarantine for five days. Non-vaccinated passengers must quarantine for 10 days.

Tourists arriving from countries not on the green list must quarantine for 10 days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

If you have arrived from a country that the UAE authorities deem is high-risk, then you will be required to quarantine at a government facility.

Travelling to Abu Dhabi after July 1

Passengers flying to Abu Dhabi after July 1 will not need to quarantine.

The emirate will have different testing protocols for visitors from low-risk and high-risk countries.

Those coming from countries with higher infection rates will have to take two tests – one before they travel and another upon arrival.

At present, it is not known whether the rules will be different for those who have been vaccinated.

Quarantine rules for Dubai

T1 Concourse D DXB. Photo: Dubai Airports
Travellers arriving in Dubai are not required to quarantine. Photo: Dubai Airports

Travellers from South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are not currently allowed to fly in to Dubai, although in some cases, it is possible to fly out to these locations.

From June 23, vaccinated passengers from South Africa will be allowed to fly to Dubai, and all travellers from Nigeria, regardless of vaccine status, will be allowed.

Passengers will also be allowed to fly from India to Dubai, but only if they have had both doses of a UAE-approved coronavirus vaccine and hold a valid residence visa.

Can I fly from India to Dubai and what are the travel requirements?

Can I fly from India to Dubai and what are the travel requirements?

In addition, following arrival, passengers from India should undertake "institutional quarantine" until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.

Other than travellers from India, there is no need for any other visitors to Dubai to quarantine.

Instead, there are different testing requirements depending on where you have been in the last 14 days.

Passengers from countries deemed a higher risk may need to take a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the result.

If the test result is positive, you will be required to undertake isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.