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) is currently Partially Open and PCR test requirements are: PCR required to enter

United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently the 13th most popular travel destination from the UK which is down 7 from last month.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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DownDown 7 from last month
Current Travel Popularity: 13/227

COVID-19 Statistics

Total Cases 504,872
New Cases 2,081
Population 9,986,623
Last Updated 23 Apr 2021 05:32am
UK to United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Travel Availability

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Entry Requirements

Tests PCR required to enter (Book Online)
Quarantine For some origins
Mask Required
Public Transportation Operating
Restaurants Open
Travel Status Partially 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.

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, from most countries.
  • Arrivals from South Africa and Nigeria are banned, except for returning citizens, and diplomats.

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

Arrivals to Dubai from high-risk countries, will be tested upon arrival and required to quarantine until results are available.

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 high-risk countries will be required to present a negative test upon arrival, and take a second one at the airport.

Is public transportation open in the United Arab Emirates?

Public transportation in UAE is operating in limited capacity.

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

Restaurants in Dubai are open under capacity and social distancing limitations. Bars are closed.

Are businesses and attractions open in the Untied Arab Emirates?

All non-essential businesses and attractions have re-opened.

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

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

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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