Quarantine In Dubai & Abu Dhabi: Everything You Need To Know When Arriving In UAE

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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With countries slowly opening up, a lot of us are finally planning much-awaited trips to visit out family. Tourists are also looking to visit the UAE for summer holidays. However, with the ever-changing rules and regulations, planning can be tough. As of 23 June, Dubai does not require tourists to quarantine upon arrival. Abu Dhabi will also not require travellers to do so, starting from 1 July onwards. But, there are a few protocols that need to be adhered to. Read on.

Also read: Facemask Rules & Exemptions You Must Know While Travelling To, From Or Through The UAE


What Are The Quarantine & Testing Rules For Tourists Arriving In Abu Dhabi?

As of 5 July, citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi returning from a green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine. Besides, they must take another PCR test on day 6. Those arriving from any other destination must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for seven days and take a PCR test on day 6.

The new rule applies to vaccinated UAE citizens and residents who received their second dose at least 28 days earlier, documented in the vaccine report on Alhosn app. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Approves FREE Covid-19 Vaccine For Visit Visa Holders.

Also read: Airports In India Rush To Set Up PCR Test Stations Ahead Of India-UAE Flights

What Are The Rules For Unvaccinated Citizens & Residents Arriving In Abu Dhabi?

Unvaccinated citizens and residents arriving in Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine. In addition, they must also take a PCR test on days 6 and 12. Travellers arriving from other destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 12 days and take another PCR test on day 11.

What Are The Quarantine Rules For Dubai?

Tourists from Zambia, Uganda, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are currently not permitted to fly in to Dubai. However, UAE expats in India, with a valid residency visa and have taken both doses of any UAE-approved vaccine will be permitted to enter Dubai.

Passengers arriving from India must follow institutional quarantine until they receive their PCR test result, which is expected within 24 hours.

Travellers arriving from any other country other than India need not quarantine upon arrival in Dubai. However, there will be different testing protocols depending on where you have travelled to in the last 14 days. Passengers arriving from high-risk countries must undergo PCR test on arrival in Dubai. You must remain in hotel or home until you receive the results.

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