UAE is unlocking slowly with time, Dubai opened for tourism in July, and now tourists can also secure visas for Abu Dhabi and five other emirates. As per the country’s federal immigration service, Abu Dhabi and five other emirates will allow visitors back for the first time since March. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) said the move would “support recovery plans of the country’s tourism sector and economy”.
Each Emirate Will Follow A Different Policy For Inbound and Outbound Travellers
In terms of tourism, Dubai has its immigration service and separate crisis authority, and they allowed tourists to return in early July. About the visa rules, ICA said that a range of visas would be available except for work permits, which are issued to new residents arriving to take up employment. This decision will enable non-residents with family living in the emirates to apply for visas to visit their relatives. This move also aims to boost the country’s tourism sector, which was stalled because of the pandemic.
Each of the emirates has different policies for inbound and outbound passengers, in terms of entry requirements and quarantine rules. For Dubai, all citizens and tourists travelling to Dubai must be able to present a Covid-19 negative certificate taken with 96 hours (4 days) of departure, and arrivals from certain countries may also be asked to take a Covid PCR test upon arrival at DXB.
Abu Dhabi Will Provide A Tracking Wristband To The Tourists For Their 14-Days Of Quarantine
For Abu Dhabi, all arrivals must quarantine in their homes or a hotel room for 14 days. Arrivals will also be given a tracking wristband that they must wear for a 14-day quarantine. But they won’t need to pay for the medically approved wristband. A second PCR test, covered at the tourist’s expense, must be taken on their 12th day of quarantine. The same should be arranged with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (SEHA). Provided the test result is negative- they will then be able to return the wristband to the authorities.
Whereas, in Sharjah, the officials would test all passengers on arrival. Tourists must stay in their hotel rooms until they receive their results through a text message or app notification. They can move around freely if the results come back negative.
All travellers to the Emirates must take a PCR nasal swab test before boarding their flights in their home country.