United Arab Emirates (UAE): COVID-19 Travel Information

Information for flying from the UK to United Arab Emirates (UAE)

This information is provided for customers flying to United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the UK. From here you can see the latest infection numbers, entry requirements, travel restrictions, and availability for flights and hotels. United Arab Emirates (UAE) Currently has a traffic light status of green (Get notified if this changes). and PCR entry test requirements are listed as: PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently the 64th most popular travel destination from the UK which is the same as last month.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Traffic Light Status: green

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Return to UK: Green Requirements

Passenger Locator Form Required
Pre-departure Test at Destination Not Required
Hotel Quarantine Not Required
Self-isolation Not Required
Test to Release N/A
PCR Testing On or before Day 2 after return to UK
Further PCR Testing Not Required

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Entry Requirements

Entry Status Open from the UKOpen from the UK
Tests PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)
Quarantine Not RequiredNot Required

Additional Restrictions

Mask Required
Public Transportation Operating
Restaurants Open
Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided by a third-party and therefore we can not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information. It is imperative that you confirm entry restrictions, either from the UK Government website, or your travel operator.
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Current Time in Abu Dhabi: 28 Oct 2021 09:11 pm
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Currently in Abu Dhabi it is 29°C with clear sky
1 Pound Sterling (GBP) = 5.07 UAE Dirham (AED)
SameSame as last month
Current Travel Popularity: 64/230
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COVID-19 Statistics

Total Cases 739,566
New Cases 95
Population 10,047,991
Last Updated 28 Oct 2021 05:08pm

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Air travel to the UAE

Travelling to the UAE is still subject to restrictions, and different Emirates in the UAE have different requirements.

All travellers to the UAE must carry out a COVID-19 PCR test within 96 hours prior to their departure. To be able to fly, a negative result must be achieved with the accompanying fit-to-fly certificate. You may also need to undertake a second test on arrival, and may also have to wear a government-issued wristband and complete a period of self-isolation.  You can order your PCR test, either as a home mail-out kit or at one of the VIVO Clinics around the UK, here.

Dubai is once again open to tourists and visitor visas are currently being issued by Dubai authorities. However, all visitors must have international health insurance and will also be required to complete a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form.  Further information is available on the Government of Dubai website.

Popular Airports in the UAE:

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Airport IATA Passengers
Dubai International Airport DXB 86,396,757
Abu Dhabi International Airport AUH 24,482,119
Al Maktoum International Airport DWC 1,634,058

Cruise ships to the UAE

No passenger cruises are currently allowed to dock in the UAE. Anyone planning to travel on an international cruise due to call at any port in the UAE should contact your travel operator for the most up-to-date news and information.


The rules on Visas continue to change. The latest information can be found here at the UAE government portal. Those holding resident visas can also call  +971 (0)9 208 3344.

Returning to the UK

UK travellers do not require a COVID-19 PCR test to return from anywhere in the UAE; however, all travellers will also be required to complete the UK Government Public Health Passenger Locator Form online and provide a printed copy at the airport before departing the UAE. Because the UAE is not on the UK travel corridor list, you should still self-isolate for 14 days.

For the most up-to-the-minute information on travelling from the UK, we highly recommend heading to the UK Government Website.

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Travelling around the UAE

Travelling is possible, but there are numerous restrictions in place in different areas.

Abu Dhabi, even if travelling there by road, is requiring all visitors to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, arrivals will be required to undergo a PCR test and register for the quarantine system. Once registered, arrivals will be given a tracking wristband that they must wear for their entire 14-day quarantine, which ensures compliance with quarantine procedures. The medically approved wristband is free of charge,

Sharjah is testing visitors on arrival, and quarantine is required until the tests come back negative.

Hotels, shopping and attractions

Hotels are open in Dubai, but with social distancing rules in place and masks must be worn everywhere outside your hotel room. Most shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are now open, as are, public and private beaches, major parks, cinemas and museums.

It’s vital you check out the local area rules and restrictions for your destination. There’s more information on the latest Coronavirus rules and guidance at the UAE government portal with numerous online platforms that have more information.


It’s imperative you keep up-to-date with local health rules and restrictions whilst in the UAE. Failure to do so risks being fined or imprisoned!

Information about the UAE’s Coronavirus approach can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health and Prevention through its COVID-19 Information Centre. You can also keep up to date with information via official sources such as Dubai Media Office and Emirates News Agency.

If you develop coronavirus symptoms whilst in the UAE, you should contact your travel insurance or healthcare provider for further advice.



UAE has opened its borders for visitors to Dubai from most countries, with health measures in place. domestically, most restrictions have been lifted.

Can I travel to the United Arab Emirates?

UAE's borders have re-opened for travelers to Dubai.

Arrivals from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam and Zambia remain banned.

Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to the United Arab Emirates?

There is no requirement to quarantine when arriving to Dubai.

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to the United Arab Emirates?

  • Anyone flying to Dubai will be required to fill in a Health Declaration Form.
  • All arrivals will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours, and valid health insurance to enter.
  • Arrivals from very high-risk countries will be required to present a negative test no older than 48 hours, and a rapid test taken 6 hours before departure.
  • Arrivals from high-risk countries will be required to take another test at the airport.

Is public transportation open in the United Arab Emirates?

Public transportation in UAE is operating in a limited capacity.

Are the restaurants and bars open in the United Arab Emirates?

Restaurants and bars in Dubai are open, with health measures in place.

Are businesses and attractions open in the United Arab Emirates?

All non-essential businesses and attractions in Dubai have reopened.

There is a night curfew from 00:01 to 05:00.

Do I need to wear a face mask in the United Arab Emirates?

Wearing face masks is required in public places and public transportation.

Masks are no longer required while working out in public places, on beaches and pools, and in facilities like hair salons and medical centres while being traeted.

Information for vaccinated travellers updated

10 September, 2021

Fully vaccinated visitors in Abu Dhabi will no longer be required to enter quarantine on arrival. Unvaccinated travellers arriving in Abu Dhabi from green list countries, including ones who are exempt from taking the vaccine, will be obligated to take PCR tests on arrival.

More information on the government’s website.

FCDO lists advisory against travel to the UAE

6 August, 2021

Following the latest COVID-19 assessment, FCDO withdraws advice against all but essential travel to the United Arab Emirates.

More information on the government’s website.

Update on direct flights to the UK

7 June, 2021

All direct flights from the UAE to England will be arriving in dedicated terminals at Heathrow and Birmingham airports from 8 June.

Further information can be found on government’s website.

UK travellers exempt from quarantine

6 May, 2021

UAE announced that travellers coming to Abu Dhabi from the UK will not be required to quarantine.

Please visit the government’s website for details.

Flights to Scotland resume

8 April, 2021

Restrictions lifted on direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Scotland from 8 April.

Travel to the UAE no longer advised against by the FCDO

12 November, 2020

The FCSO has updated advice for the UAE. Previously the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advised against travel to the UAE but that advice has now been changed. Additionally, self-isolation is no longer required when returning to the UK.

Essential travel to the UAE advised by the FCDO

30 January, 2021

The FCDO has released updated travel information and advice for the UAE. From 30 January, any British and Irish nationals who reside in the UK, arriving from the UAE, must quarantine in a hotel. Visitors entering the UK, who have travelled through the UAE in the last 10 days, will not be allowed entry into the UK.

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