UAE Quarantine Guidelines For Travelers

If you are a visitor from any other country, it is now a requirement that you quarantine for up to 10 days at home or at a hotel on arrival in UAE. If you happen to be traveling from a country deemed high-risk by the UAE government, you may be required to quarantine in a government facility. 

Visitors required to require quarantine will be given a wristband provided by the authorities at AUH.

Emiratis coming to Dubai’s airports are exempt from this. Some residents may however be tested again on arrival. If you test positive, you must remain in isolation for at least 12 days. Note, any violation of home quarantine rules will lead to a fine of AED 50,000.

A Covid-19 PCR test must be taken for a period not exceeding 96 hours before departure. A print-out of the negative test results will be required for check-in. All passengers landing in select UAE airports will also undergo an additional PCR test.


UAE residents can visit for more information on their UAE entry status.


For tourists traveling to Dubai via Abu Dhabi, you are required to have an Abu Dhabi tourist visa. Tourist visas issued in Dubai are not acceptable.

Contact tracing app

All passengers to AUH are required to have the AlHosn app downloaded.

PCR testing requirements

All UAE residents, tourists, and GCC citizens are required to take a Covid-19 PCR test no less than 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure time. The negative test result should be presented in printed certificate format by the visitor on arrival to DXB. The printout must be in English or Arabic. Handwritten certificates are not acceptable.

Some visitors may be required to undergo additional testing on arrival. Children under the age of 12 Years and anyone with moderate to severe disabilities are exempted from the PCR test requirements.

UAE nationals are not required to take a Covid-19 PCR test, but they will be tested at DXB irrespective of their country of departure.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) has recently announced updated national travel protocols that ease travel for vaccinated people.

The authority has also eased quarantine procedures for vaccinated people. This is in accordance with the respective destinations in line with preventive and precautionary measures ensuring the safety of every community member.

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