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UAE: Abu Dhabi Emirate to restrict access to several public spaces from June 15 to combat COVID-19 /update 63

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Authorities in Abu Dhabi Emirate will begin limiting entry to shopping malls, gyms, parks and beaches, restaurants, cafes, and several other public places from June 15 as part of ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. Under the new rules, individuals will have to prove they have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative for COVID-19 via the Al Hosn app. To maintain access to public spaces, non-vaccinated individuals will need to be tested every three days, while vaccinated individuals will have to be tested every 30 days.

International entry restrictions are also in effect. Authorities will prohibit travelers from the DRC, Uganda, and Zambia from entering the country effective 23:59 June 11. The ban also applies to travelers who have been in or transited through the affected countries in the last 14 days. Emirati citizens, diplomatic passport holders, and official delegations are exempt from the measure. Transit and cargo flights remain operational.

Dubai Emirate requires UAE residents, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens, and permitted visitors traveling to Dubai to take a pre-travel PCR test, regardless of the country from which they are arriving. The PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Arrivals from some countries may be required to undergo an additional test on arrival in Dubai.

Some arrivals in Abu Dhabi must isolate for 5-10 days. Arrivals from other countries, as listed on the Abu Dhabi government website, will not be required to isolate. A PCR test must be carried out 48 or 72 hours before your flight, even if transiting. Additional tests may be carried out on arrival. Testing requirements differ depending on whether a traveler has to quarantine or not. Arrivals into Abu Dhabi are required to wear a medically approved wristband for the duration of their quarantine.

Other measures in effect in the UAE include:

  • All travelers to the UAE must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before their departure.

  • Upon arrival at all airports in the UAE, stringent entry restrictions are enforced. They may include a PCR test on arrival, a health declaration form, health insurance with COVID-19 coverage, a mandatory quarantine period for at least 10 days (except Dubai), and follow-up testing before the completion of quarantine.

  • Authorities continue to bar entry to travelers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

  • Residents of Dubai Emirate require governmental approval before traveling. However, those returning to other parts of the UAE no longer need approval.

  • If departing from Abu Dhabi to the EU or UK, travelers will need to have a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours prior to their departure.

  • Visitors can travel to Abu Dhabi by road but must have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travel. There is also a requirement for further testing if visitors and residents remain in Abu Dhabi for four days or longer. The rules for entering and remaining in Abu Dhabi via road change regularly. Regularly updated requirements can be found on the Abu Dhabi government website.

  • Tourists traveling to Dubai are required to complete a health declaration form and quarantine form. Tourists must have international health insurance before traveling. Tourists who test positive for COVID-19 must register on the COVID-19 DXB app and quarantine at a facility provided by the government for at least 10 days.

  • A ban on flights from India is in effect through at least July 6; the ban also applies to travelers if they have been in or transited through India in the last 14 days.

  • Travelers will not be able to enter Dubai if they have been in or transited through South Africa and Nigeria 14 days before traveling to Dubai.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all business appointments and travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Resources

Federal Authority for Identity and CitizenshipWorld Health OrganizationGeneral Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs DubaiAbu Dhabi AirportDubai AirportAl Hosn AppUAE Government list of high risk countriesList of Accredited COVID-19 Testing LabsAbu Dhabi ‘Green List’

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