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Quarantine guidelines for travellers to the UAE

If you wish to the enter the UAE, you must present a negative result of the PCR test. Emiratis arriving at Dubai’s airports are exempt from this. Some residents might be tested again on arrival. If your test result is positive, you must stay in isolation for 12 days. If you violate home quarantine rules, you would be liable to a fine of AED 50,000.

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Quarantine guidelines for UAE nationals and residents arriving in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved updated travel procedures for vaccinated citizens and residents of the emirate, effective Monday, 3 May 2021.

As per the new procedures, vaccinated travellers arriving from 'green countries' must take a PCR test on arrival and on day six, without the need to quarantine. Vaccinated travellers arriving from other countries must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for five days, and take another PCR test on day four from arrival to the country.

The protocol applies to all vaccinated UAE citizens and residents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi who received their second vaccine dose at least 28 days earlier, which is documented in the vaccine report on Alhosn app.

Meanwhile, non-vaccinated citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi arriving from 'green countries' must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, as well as two other PCR tests on days six and 12. Those arriving from other countries must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for ten days and take another PCR test on day eight.

Guidelines for vaccinated passengers

If you are coming from 'green countries', you do not need to quarantine yourself. However, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 6 from arrival.

If you are coming from other countries, you must quarantine yourself for 5 days. Additionally, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 4 from arrival.

The above rules apply to those who received their second dose of the vaccine at least 28 days prior to the day of travel. Information about the vaccine must be documented on the Al Hosn app.

Guidelines for non-vaccinated passengers

If you are coming from 'green countries', you do not need to quarantine yourself. However, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on days 6 and 12 from arrival.

If you are coming from other countries, you must quarantine yourself for 10 days. Additionally, you will need to do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on day 8 from arrival.

If you have arrived from a country that the UAE authorities deem are high-risk, then you will be subject to quarantine at a government facility.

You will be provided with a medically-approved wristband for the duration of your quarantine, after you clear immigration.


Quarantine guidelines for tourists arriving in Abu Dhabi

Tourists from green countries

Tourists on a direct flight from 'green countries' do not need to quarantine themselves.

However, they must:

  • do an RT-PCR test on arrival and isolate themselves until they receive negative result.
  • do another RT-PCR test on days 6 and 12 from arrival.

Tourists from other countries

Tourists coming from other countries must:

  • quarantine themselves for 10 days
  • do an RT-PCR test on arrival and on days 6 and 12 from arrival.

Tourists will be provided with a medically-approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine, after clearing immigration.


Quarantine guidelines for travellers to Dubai

If you are an expatriate resident of the UAE or a tourist to the UAE, you must present a negative result of a PCR test at the departure airport. This test should have been conducted within 96 hours before travelling to Dubai.

Some residents might be tested again on arrival at Dubai’s airport. If you are required to take another test on arrival, you must remain in quarantine at your residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you must stay in isolation and follow the instructions of Dubai Health Authority. If the test result is negative, you do not need to quarantine yourself.

If you are a citizen of the UAE, you are exempt from the PCR test prior to departure, regardless of the city or country you are coming from. However, you will be tested on arrival in Dubai.


Quarantine guidelines for travellers to Sharjah

If you are an expatriate resident of the UAE or a visitor to the UAE, you must present a negative result of a PCR test at the departure airport. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours before travelling to Sharjah. This is as per rules issued on13 April 2021.

Residents and visitors must take an RT-PCR test upon arrival at Sharjah's airport and quarantine themselves untl they receive the results. If the result is positive, you must stay in isolation for 14 days and follow the instructions of Ministry of Health and Prevention.


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