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United Arab Emirates Travel Restrictions

98.99% of citizens have been vaccinated No change since last week
Unvaccinated visitors from India can enter the United Arab Emirates with a negative COVID-19 test result.
Fully vaccinated visitors from India can enter the United Arab Emirates without restrictions.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from the United Arab Emirates for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


United Arab Emirates entry details and exceptions

Approval is not needed for those who got a newly issued residence or employment visa, short stay or long stay visa, 10-year UAE golden visa, investor or partner visa, visit visa or visa on arrival, and tourists traveling to the UAE. Travel restrictions vary depending on the specific destination within the United Arab Emirates.


Outgoing travel to the United Arab EmiratesTravelling from India to the United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated visitors from India must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 48 hours before departing to the United Arab Emirates.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Travelers must fulfil one of the below requirements:
- Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code
- Present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code
- Present a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival
Exemptions for the COVID‑19 PCR test applies to:
- UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country, however, there will be random PCR testing on arrival in Dubai.
- First-degree relatives of a UAE national traveling on the same flight.
- Domestic workers travelling with a UAE national sponsor.
COVID-19 PCR test and vaccination exemptions applies to:
- Children below 12 years old.
- Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities:
Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell's palsy, Brain tumors, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, and seizures.
- All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate as per the requirements.
Transiting passengers are not required to present a COVID 19‑PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination. Passengers booked with Dubai Connect/Stopover packages must follow the same PCR test requirements as applicable for passengers arriving/entering Dubai.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors from India are not required to quarantine after entering the United Arab Emirates.


Return travelReturning to India from the United Arab Emirates

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated travelers returning from the United Arab Emirates must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 72 hours before departure to India.

Fully vaccinated travellers with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Travelers should upload their negative RT-PCR test report in the Air Suvidha Portal prior to boarding their flight.
Travelers will undergo a medical screening upon arrival and may be subject to a covid-19 molecular test at their own expense.
Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing.
Fully vaccinated travelers with WHO-recognized or Nationally-recognized vaccines are also exempted from testing requirements. Proof of vaccination should be uploaded in the Air Suvidha Portal.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from the United Arab Emirates are not required to quarantine upon entering India.

Details and exceptions
Quarantine is no longer required. However, travelers are advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days from arrival and if they develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID19, they should immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.

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