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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TRAVEL INFORMATION

The United Arab Emirates has different entry requirements depending on the port of entry.

Dubai is open to international travellers without a mandatory quarantine period. International arrivals to Dubai International Airport must present a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. UAE nationals are exempt from taking a PCR test before departing for Dubai. They will be tested on arrival. There are extra requirements for certain high-risk countries.

Only UAE nationals, residents with a valid residence visa, and those who are eligible for a visa on arrival can enter the UAE through Abu Dhabi International Airport.

IMPORTANT: This information may be subject to change at short notice. We recommend that you confirm all requirements with the relevant authorities before proceeding with any travel arrangements.

Pre-Arrival

Dubai

  • If you are not a UAE citizen, before flying you will be required to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 at your departure airport. It must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure.
  • Tourists must download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App before arrival.
  • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory.
  • There are extra restrictions for travellers from certain countries. Please see here for the latest details.

Abu Dhabi

  • Before flying you will require a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.
  • It is required to download the ALHOSN UAE app to your phone.
  • It is recommended that residents update their details on uaeentry.ica.gov.ae.
  • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory.
  • There are extra restrictions for travellers from certain countries. Please see here for the latest details.

Arrival

Dubai

  • On arrival, you must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure. 
  • All visitors must fill out a health declaration form. 
  • UAE nationals undergo a test on arrival and must quarantine until they get their results. 
  •  Passengers from certain countries may need to take another PCR test on arrival. Please see here for latest updates. 

NB: Children under 12 and visitors with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from the PCR test.

Abu Dhabi

  • On arrival, you must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departure.
  • At the airport, you will undergo health screening and another PCR test.
  • Passengers from certain countries may have to quarantine and/or undergo an extra PCR text after arrival. Please see here for latest updates. 
 

Departure

Dubai & Abu Dhabi

  • Ensure you have all the required paperwork for onward travel to your next destination.
  • It is recommended to check in online prior to arriving at the airport.
  • Do not get to the airport earlier than four hours before your flight. 
 

EXPLORE OUR DESTINATIONS

United Arab Emirates

The Palm Resort

From
765
One of Dubai's most iconic addresses is re-imagined in Anantara style, with the only over water villas in the UAE boasting traditional Thai architecture. Indulge in 400 m of private beach and lagoon pool access from your room. Head to the mainland to shop by longtail boat. Return to oceanfront dining and world-class spa treatments at Anantara Spa.
United Arab Emirates

Eastern Mangroves Hotel

From
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Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel occupies a unique setting on the edge of Abu Dhabi in a protected mangrove reserve. Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf, revel in Emirati opulence. Enjoy premium dining experiences, from signature Thai to Mediterranean flavours with an Arabian twist. Head out into the desert or shop at local souks. Treat yourself to an exclusive hammam experience at Anantara Spa.
United Arab Emirates

Qasr Al Sarab Resort

From
957
In the heart of the Empty Quarter, an oasis of Arabian luxury is surrounded by endless dunes. Cross the world’s largest desert on a camel or race off dune bashing. After adventure, spa wellness refreshes with ancient hammam rituals and healing desert elixirs. Toast sunset from the seclusion of a private villa plunge pool. Feast on timeless Bedouin traditions and exceptional global tastes.
United Arab Emirates

Desert Islands Resort

From
727
A unique blend of desert, beach and wildlife attractions accentuate this luxurious island retreat, located just off the Abu Dhabi coast in the sparkling Arabian Gulf. Wake at sunrise to bike along rugged terrain and trek across desert hinterlands. Encounter endangered wildlife on a leisurely drive through the private nature reserve, following rare Arabian Oryx and cheetahs as they roam the plains. Savour exotic Arab specialities and freshly caught seafood back at the resort, and revel in indigenous spa treatments.
United Arab Emirates

Al Sahel Resort

From
1836
Al Sahel brings the rugged beauty of lush savannah to the desert. Wake up to the sight of gazelle grazing in front of one of only 30 safari-style villas. Drive into the nature reserve for up-close encounters with wild giraffes and Arabian oryxes. Refresh with a traditional afternoon tea out in the grasslands. Dine by bonfire light on African tribal cuisine.
United Arab Emirates

Al Yamm Resort

From
1913
A rustic beachfront escape in the middle of the Arabian Gulf. Inspired by a traditional Emirati fishing village, 30 barasti-style villas line the beach of the eastern side of Sir Bani Yas Island. A tranquil lagoon teems with migratory birds, and is ripe for exploration by kayak. Indulge in pool villa romance. Dine on a shoreline reserved for two. Unwind with spa treatments overlooking the ocean.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to book accommodation before I depart?

Travellers who require visas must show proof of accommodation to obtain a visa. It is always recommended to book accommodation before arriving in any foreign country. 

Do I need a negative PCR test to enter the UAE?

Yes, you are required to show your test results from a test taken within 72 hours of departure. UAE nationals are not required to take a test before departure,  but must take a test on arrival. Tests must be presented in printed certificate form and must be in Arabic or English.

Do I have to quarantine once I arrive in the UAE?

It depends which port of entry and your point of origin. Dubai does not require quarantine for international arrivals with negative PCR test results.

Do I need health insurance to travel to the UAE?

You must have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

Can I get tested for COVID-19 during my stay?

Yes, your resort representative will be able to arrange a PCR test during your stay or before your departure.

Can I travel to the United Arab Emirates?

Yes, the United Arab Emirates is open for international travel. At present, there are different requirements for arrival in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. All international travellers require proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Travellers from certain high-risk countries may face further restrictions and requirements. 

 

What are the travel policies to enter Abu Dhabi

From the 5th of September there will need for quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving in to Abu Dhabi from all international destinations. Before boarding to Abu Dhabi, all travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must present a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of departure.

 Vaccinated citizens, residents and visitors arriving from green destinations must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and another test on day 6, if staying in the emirate. When arriving from other destinations they must take a PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and further tests on days 4 and 8, if staying in the emirate.

 Unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors, including those exempt from vaccination, arriving into Abu Dhabi from green list destinations must take a PCR test on arrival, without the need to quarantine, and take PCR tests on days 6 and 9.

 When arriving from other destinations, unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors must take a PCR test on arrival, quarantine for 10 days and take another PCR test on day 9.