Travelling from and to the UAE

As select emirates gradually resume travel, check out the latest travel requirements and restrictions if you're planning to fly out from or arrive in the country

What you need to know before travelling

Dubai has resumed outbound travel and released guidelines for residents and citizens interested in travelling abroad, returning residents, and tourists (starting from July 7) arriving in the city. While Abu Dhabi and other emirates haven't set out guidelines for international travel and tourists yet, it has released rules pertaining to returning residents. Here are key protocols to be followed as per the latest directive by the relevant authorities:

  • For international travel & return (Dubai)
  • For returning residents (Dubai)
  • For tourists (Dubai)
  • For returning residents (Abu Dhabi & other emirates)

Procedures and information for UAE citizens and residents who wish to travel abroad from Dubai and return to the city

Open from June 23

Dubai is currently allowing travel to destinations that are accepting travellers. Citizens and residents are allowed to travel to several countries on any of the airlines that have approved flights to and from Dubai airports.

Before travel

  • Travellers must meet guidelines of both Dubai and the country they intend to visit.
  • Before travelling, they must complete a health declaration form to ensure they are clear of any symptoms.
  • Those who want to return to the UAE need to download and register with the COVID-19 DXB app.
  • They should also sign a declaration stating their commitment to bear the costs of examination and treatment in case they contract COVID-19, and commit to a quarantine period if found positive.
  • Travellers who want to return to Dubai will need to get approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) by submitting a form on its website to be able to come back.
  • Those who receive approval to return will be given a reference number needed to book flights online or with airline staff.
  • Airlines have the right to deny travellers who display any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Travellers should disclose any symptoms before travelling by filling in the form provided by airlines.

Upon and after return

  • Passengers are required to undergo a PCR (COVID-19) test upon arrival at Dubai airports.
  • Residents must stay home until their PCR test results come out.
  • Those who test positive must spend 14 days in quarantine.
  • They are allowed to quarantine at home as long as they meet the quarantine conditions as defined by the official guidelines from the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre.
  • Those who live in a high-density housing or on a sharing basis, will be required to isolate at a quarantine facility.
  • For those who are employed, their employer should provide the quarantine facility in accordance with the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre guidelines or choose a quarantine facility provided by the government and bear the costs involved.
  • Travellers must comply with all the precautionary measures advised in Dubai such as wearing masks, maintaining a social distance of 2 metres and washing hands regularly.

How to prepare for the airport in Dubai

Key Dubai airport requirements, restrictions and safety measures that you should be aware of before travelling from the city

Arrival at airport

Passengers flying internationally should be at the airport at least 4 hours before departure.

Thermal screening

All passengers will undergo thermal screening to check temperatures at Dubai airports.

COVID-19 test at the airport

Select airlines may perform COVID-19 tests for passengers before boarding.

Wearing a mask

Passengers are required to wear a mask at all times.

Wearing gloves

Passengers should wear gloves at all times.

Social distancing in effect

A minimum distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.

Other requirements

Passengers are required to disclose any symptoms before travelling by filling in a health declaration form.

Note: Please ensure to check the eligibility from the respective country government guidance and entry criteria on IATA to ensure you are able to travel. The information displayed on this page is from various data and government sources. While we've made every effort to present accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee or be held liable for the accuracy and currency of the information provided due to the rapidly changing requirements.

Procedures and information for UAE residents abroad who wish to return to Dubai

Open from June 22

Before travel

  • Residents are required to book flights in advance through the official websites of airlines operating at Dubai airports.
  • The arrival of the residents will be organised by Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
  • Travellers who want to return to Dubai will need to get approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) by submitting a form on its website to be able to come back.
  • Those who receive approval to return will be given a reference number needed to book flights online or with airline staff.
  • Returning residents can fly on any of the airlines that have approved flights to Dubai airports.
  • Residents are required to sign a declaration stating their commitment to bear the costs of examination and treatment in case they contract COVID-19.
  • Before travelling, they must complete a health declaration form to ensure they are clear of any symptoms.
  • They must download and register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app.
  • Airlines have the right to deny travellers who display any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Travellers should disclose any symptoms before travelling by filling in the form provided by airlines.

Upon and after return

  • Returning residents are required to undergo a PCR (COVID-19) test upon arrival at Dubai airports.
  • They must stay home until their PCR test results come out.
  • Those who test positive must spend 14 days in quarantine.
  • They are allowed to quarantine at home as long as they meet the quarantine conditions as defined by the official guidelines from the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre.
  • Those who live in a high-density housing or on a sharing basis, will be required to isolate at a quarantine facility.
  • For those who are employed, their employer should provide the quarantine facility in accordance with the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre guidelines or choose a quarantine facility provided by the government and bear the costs involved.
  • Travellers must comply with all the precautionary measures advised in Dubai such as wearing masks, maintaining a social distance of 2 metres and washing hands regularly.

Note: The information displayed on this page is from various data and government sources. While we've made every effort to present accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee or be held liable for the accuracy and currency of the information provided due to the rapidly changing requirements.

Procedures and information for tourists or visitors to Dubai when inbound travel opens

Open from July 1

Before travel

  • Tourists and visitors are allowed to enter the city according to Dubai airports’ official flight schedules and subject to airports being operational at their departure destinations.
  • They should fulfill all visa requirements to visit the UAE.
  • They must adhere to all official measures and requirements set out by the government of Dubai and the country they are travelling from.
  • Getting medical travel insurance is mandatory prior to travel in case the passenger doesn't have international heath insurance.
  • Before travelling, tourists or visitors must complete a health declaration form to ensure they are clear of any symptoms.
  • They are also required to sign a declaration stating their commitment to bear the costs of quarantine and treatment in case they have/contract COVID-19.
  • They must download and register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app.
  • Tourists and visitors must take a PCR (COVID-19) test up to four days before the date of travel (maximum 96 hours).
  • If the test is not done or result is not available, they will undergo the PCR (COVID-19) test at the airport in Dubai.
  • The PCR test may be repeated for those who had tested negative before departing but display COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
  • Travellers will undergo thermal screening at the airport.
  • Travellers should disclose any symptoms before travelling by filling in the form provided by airlines.

Upon and after return

  • Tourists or vistors who take the PCR test at the airport may not be allowed to leave their accommodation until the test results come out. This is yet to be confirmed by authorities.
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 must spend 14 days in quarantine.
  • They may be allowed to quarantine at home/their accommodation as long as they meet the quarantine conditions as defined by the official guidelines from the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre. This is yet to be confirmed by authorities.
  • Those who live in a high-density housing or on a sharing basis, may be required to isolate at a quarantine facility.
  • Travellers must comply with all the precautionary measures advised in Dubai such as wearing masks, maintaining a social distance of 2 metres and washing hands regularly.

Note: The information displayed on this page is from various data and government sources. While we've made every effort to present accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee or be held liable for the accuracy and currency of the information provided due to the rapidly changing requirements.

Procedures and information for UAE residents abroad who wish to return to Abu Dhabi and other emirates

Before travel

  • Returning residents must sign a mandatory accountability form at departure, which includes a commitment to download the UAE's Al Hosn contact tracing and health testing app.
  • They need to obtain approval to be able to return by submitting their request on the Twajudi service on the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation website.
  • They must also have COVID-19 test done before they travel to the UAE. The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority has identified accredited laboratories in 106 cities across 17 countries where they can be tested. For more info, visit: smartservices.ica.gov.ae
  • Returning residents will not be allowed to board an aircraft without a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of take-off.
  • However, if they are returning from countries that do not have accredited laboratories, they will be tested at the airport upon arrival in the UAE and will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Note: More details to come

Upon and after return

  • Those returning from countries that do not have accredited laboratories will be tested at the airport upon arrival in the UAE and will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Vital workers may be exempt from this rule and allowed to self-isolate for seven days. Those returning from low-risk countries may also be exempt.
  • Returning residents are required to bear the costs of quarantine and treatment - whether at home or a desginated facility - in case they have COVID-19.
  • In certain circumstances, their employers may need to bear all the costs related to medical examination and quaratine.
  • Travellers have been urged to check the website of the airline they are flying with to find information about the country of origin and determine if it is classified as low, medium or high risk.

Note: More details to come

Note: The information displayed on this page is from various data and government sources. While we've made every effort to present accurate and up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee or be held liable for the accuracy and currency of the information provided due to the rapidly changing requirements.

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