Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United Arab Emirates has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United Arab Emirates, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 08 October 2021

Last Updated at: 08 October 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – United Arab Emirates

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, United Arab Emirates has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to United Arab Emirates, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 08 October 2021

Last Updated at: 08 October 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – United Arab Emirates

Latest Update

From 8 Oct, all travellers arriving from the updated ‘Green List’ of destinations will be exempted from quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi.

Do note that PCR tests before departure and after arrival in Abu Dhabi are still mandatory. Moreover, the countries mentioned on the ‘Green List’ refers to the departure point of travel, not the citizenship of the passenger.

Travellers will be required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, valid for a maximum of 48 hours before departure and undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Vaccinated passengers from the updated ‘Green List’ will need to take another PCR test on Day 6 (the day of their arrival into Abu Dhabi counted as Day 1). Unvaccinated travellers arriving from ‘Green List’ countries will also have to take a PCR test on Days 6 and 9.

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Entering United Arab Emirates Borders

Abu Dhabi Quarantine Guidelines

Vaccinated travellers should have a second vaccine dosage administered at least 28 days earlier, with documentation of the vaccine report on the Al Hosn App.

Travellers vaccinated and arriving from:

  • Green countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, without a need to quarantine, and are expected to take another PCR test on day 6 of arrival.
  • Other countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, with a need to quarantine for 5 days, and are expected to take another PCR test on day 4 of arrival.

Travellers non-vaccinated and arriving from:

  • Green countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, without a need to quarantine, and are expected to take two PCR test on day 6 and 12 of arrival.
  • Other countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, with a need to quarantine for 10 days, and are expected to take another PCR test on day 8 of arrival.

Dubai Quarantine Guidelines

You have to present a negative PCR test result at the departure airport within 96 hours of departure. For tests taken after arrival, you are required to undergo a self-quarantine at home until the test results are received.

If tested negative:

  • you do not need to quarantine any longer.

If tested positive:

  • you need to continue your quarantine until further notice.

 

Leaving United Arab Emirates Borders

  • A COVID-19 PCR test is only required for passengers only if it is mandated by their country of destination. Please click here to refer to the requirements of the list of various countries.
  • This is a list of authorised COVID‑19 test laboratories in Dubai where you can get tested before travelling to the estimated country.
  • Passengers travelling to Amsterdam and Copenhagen are required to have a negative rapid COVID-19 test certificate. The test can be taken at Dubai International airport, Emirates Terminal 3 departure area next to Costa before the check-in thermal scanners.
  • Transfers passengers travelling to Copenhagen are exempted from the rules above if they hold a valid negative COVID‑19 test certificate taken 48 hours prior to departure from the origin-destination.

For more information on entering and leaving UAE, please click here. 

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Latest Update on Schools

  • From February 2021, all students in the UAE can physically return to school. However, due to facility constraints, some schools may not be able to welcome back student simultaneously.
  • Students can opt for distance learning or face-to-face learning as their preferred learning mode.
  • For students aged 12 and above who intend to attend physical classes, are required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test (excluding Student of Determination).

 

Safe Distancing Rules in Schools

  • The maximum amount of student allowed per class is 30.
  • Students must seat 1.5 meters apart.
  • Masks are required for students in Grade 1 and above.
  • The maximum amount of KG students allowed in a bubble are 10.
  • The maximum amount of KG students allowed in regular class are 25. They must be seated 1.5-meter apart.

For more information on operational guidelines for Schools in UAE during COVID-19, please click here. 

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Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • The UAE had resume issuing entry and work permits.

 

Work Visa

The UAE offers only one type of work permit, known as the labour card. Before employees can apply for a work permit, they will need to obtain the following items:

  • an employment entry visa
  • an Emirate ID card
  • a residence visa

 

After securing the employment entry visa, the employee will be given two months to enter the UAE. Upon arrival in the UAE, the employee is required to obtain a residence visa and work permit within 60 days.

 

Step 1: Obtain An Employment Entry Visa (a.k.a Pink Visa)

To obtain the employment entry visa, the employer must:

  • Apply for a visa quota for their employees through the Ministry of Labour (MOL) UAE. 
  • Submit an employment contract, signed by the employee to the MOL.

 

Step 2: Obtain An Emirates ID Card

In order to apply for a residence visa in the UAE, the employee must obtain an Emirates ID Card to undergo medical screening, which is one of the requirements for residence visa approval. Employees need to apply for their Emirates ID card in person at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIA) Center. 

To apply for an Emirates ID Card, the employee must provide:

  • Entry visa
  • Original passport
  • Copy of the original passport

 

Step 3: Obtain An Residence Visa 

The employee is required to submit the following documents to obtain a residence visa in the UAE:

  • Employment Entry Permit
  • An Emirates ID card
  • A valid passport and photocopy of the passport
  • A copy of the passport photo
  • Medical screening results
  • A copy of the employer company card
  • A copy of the company commercial license.

The residence visa in the UAE is renewable every one to three years.  

 

Step 4: Obtaining Work Permit 

After obtaining a residence visa, the employee may proceed to apply for a work permit in the UAE. To acquire the work permit, the employee will require the same documents required for the residence visa. Then, the employee should complete a work permit application in Arabic, and submit an employment contract or proof of employment offer from their company in the UAE.

 

Study Visa

To obtain a student visa from the UAE, the expatriate student must be over 18 years of age and residing in the UAE. Outstanding students can apply for a long-term visa of 5 years in the UAE. 

 

Key requirements: 

  • Official admission letter from the respective university (freshman student)
  • Certificate of continuation of study (for older students)
  • Proof of passing medical tests
  • A visa sponsor (e.g., the university, parent or relative)
  • approval of the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

For more information on obtaining a student visa in the UAE, please click here. 

 

Visit Visa

The UAE offers three types of visa eligibility from 30 days, 90 days or 180 days visa based on the different countries. Should you be visiting UAE for leisure purposes, do take note of the following visa requirements for the different countries.

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Home Search

  • Property viewing and lease checks are available.
  • Virtual viewing with limited physical interactions.
  • Mask wearing, body screening are necessary.
  • Market availability of estates may be restricted due to a lack of mobility in verifying available properties.
  • Agents can help assist at sharing information on the housing market, sharing of sample properties online, coordinating temporary housing bookings and more.

 

Short Term Accommodations

  • Services are available.
  • Hotels are available for booking.

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Updates On Pet Import To UAE During COVID-19 

  • Until further notice, cats entering the UAE will need to spend 14 days in quarantine prior to travel.
  • The issuing veterinarian and the government veterinarian will need to sign an addendum to the health certificate attesting that your cat has no signs of coronavirus infection.
  • Dogs and cats from China are not permitted to enter UAE.
  • All transport of Dogs and Cats from Canada to the UAE has been suspended.

For more information on the documents needed to transport your pet to the UAE, please click here. 

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Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the Embassy of the UAE here.
For COVID-19 updates visit Emirates, U.AE, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority

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Latest Update

From 8 Oct, all travellers arriving from the updated ‘Green List’ of destinations will be exempted from quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi.

Do note that PCR tests before departure and after arrival in Abu Dhabi are still mandatory. Moreover, the countries mentioned on the ‘Green List’ refers to the departure point of travel, not the citizenship of the passenger.

Travellers will be required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, valid for a maximum of 48 hours before departure and undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Vaccinated passengers from the updated ‘Green List’ will need to take another PCR test on Day 6 (the day of their arrival into Abu Dhabi counted as Day 1). Unvaccinated travellers arriving from ‘Green List’ countries will also have to take a PCR test on Days 6 and 9.

Entering United Arab Emirates Borders

Abu Dhabi Quarantine Guidelines

Vaccinated travellers should have a second vaccine dosage administered at least 28 days earlier, with documentation of the vaccine report on the Al Hosn App.

Travellers vaccinated and arriving from:

  • Green countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, without a need to quarantine, and are expected to take another PCR test on day 6 of arrival.
  • Other countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, with a need to quarantine for 5 days, and are expected to take another PCR test on day 4 of arrival.

Travellers non-vaccinated and arriving from:

  • Green countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, without a need to quarantine, and are expected to take two PCR test on day 6 and 12 of arrival.
  • Other countries: Required to take a PCR test on arrival, with a need to quarantine for 10 days, and are expected to take another PCR test on day 8 of arrival.

Dubai Quarantine Guidelines

You have to present a negative PCR test result at the departure airport within 96 hours of departure. For tests taken after arrival, you are required to undergo a self-quarantine at home until the test results are received.

If tested negative:

  • you do not need to quarantine any longer.

If tested positive:

  • you need to continue your quarantine until further notice.

 

Leaving United Arab Emirates Borders

  • A COVID-19 PCR test is only required for passengers only if it is mandated by their country of destination. Please click here to refer to the requirements of the list of various countries.
  • This is a list of authorised COVID‑19 test laboratories in Dubai where you can get tested before travelling to the estimated country.
  • Passengers travelling to Amsterdam and Copenhagen are required to have a negative rapid COVID-19 test certificate. The test can be taken at Dubai International airport, Emirates Terminal 3 departure area next to Costa before the check-in thermal scanners.
  • Transfers passengers travelling to Copenhagen are exempted from the rules above if they hold a valid negative COVID‑19 test certificate taken 48 hours prior to departure from the origin-destination.

For more information on entering and leaving UAE, please click here. 

Latest Update on Schools

  • From February 2021, all students in the UAE can physically return to school. However, due to facility constraints, some schools may not be able to welcome back student simultaneously.
  • Students can opt for distance learning or face-to-face learning as their preferred learning mode.
  • For students aged 12 and above who intend to attend physical classes, are required to take a mandatory COVID-19 test (excluding Student of Determination).

 

Safe Distancing Rules in Schools

  • The maximum amount of student allowed per class is 30.
  • Students must seat 1.5 meters apart.
  • Masks are required for students in Grade 1 and above.
  • The maximum amount of KG students allowed in a bubble are 10.
  • The maximum amount of KG students allowed in regular class are 25. They must be seated 1.5-meter apart.

For more information on operational guidelines for Schools in UAE during COVID-19, please click here. 

Changes to Visa Related Services During COVID-19

  • The UAE had resume issuing entry and work permits.

 

Work Visa

The UAE offers only one type of work permit, known as the labour card. Before employees can apply for a work permit, they will need to obtain the following items:

  • an employment entry visa
  • an Emirate ID card
  • a residence visa

 

After securing the employment entry visa, the employee will be given two months to enter the UAE. Upon arrival in the UAE, the employee is required to obtain a residence visa and work permit within 60 days.

 

Step 1: Obtain An Employment Entry Visa (a.k.a Pink Visa)

To obtain the employment entry visa, the employer must:

  • Apply for a visa quota for their employees through the Ministry of Labour (MOL) UAE. 
  • Submit an employment contract, signed by the employee to the MOL.

 

Step 2: Obtain An Emirates ID Card

In order to apply for a residence visa in the UAE, the employee must obtain an Emirates ID Card to undergo medical screening, which is one of the requirements for residence visa approval. Employees need to apply for their Emirates ID card in person at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIA) Center. 

To apply for an Emirates ID Card, the employee must provide:

  • Entry visa
  • Original passport
  • Copy of the original passport

 

Step 3: Obtain An Residence Visa 

The employee is required to submit the following documents to obtain a residence visa in the UAE:

  • Employment Entry Permit
  • An Emirates ID card
  • A valid passport and photocopy of the passport
  • A copy of the passport photo
  • Medical screening results
  • A copy of the employer company card
  • A copy of the company commercial license.

The residence visa in the UAE is renewable every one to three years.  

 

Step 4: Obtaining Work Permit 

After obtaining a residence visa, the employee may proceed to apply for a work permit in the UAE. To acquire the work permit, the employee will require the same documents required for the residence visa. Then, the employee should complete a work permit application in Arabic, and submit an employment contract or proof of employment offer from their company in the UAE.

 

Study Visa

To obtain a student visa from the UAE, the expatriate student must be over 18 years of age and residing in the UAE. Outstanding students can apply for a long-term visa of 5 years in the UAE. 

 

Key requirements: 

  • Official admission letter from the respective university (freshman student)
  • Certificate of continuation of study (for older students)
  • Proof of passing medical tests
  • A visa sponsor (e.g., the university, parent or relative)
  • approval of the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

For more information on obtaining a student visa in the UAE, please click here. 

 

Visit Visa

The UAE offers three types of visa eligibility from 30 days, 90 days or 180 days visa based on the different countries. Should you be visiting UAE for leisure purposes, do take note of the following visa requirements for the different countries.

Home Search

  • Property viewing and lease checks are available.
  • Virtual viewing with limited physical interactions.
  • Mask wearing, body screening are necessary.
  • Market availability of estates may be restricted due to a lack of mobility in verifying available properties.
  • Agents can help assist at sharing information on the housing market, sharing of sample properties online, coordinating temporary housing bookings and more.

 

Short Term Accommodations

  • Services are available.
  • Hotels are available for booking.

Updates On Pet Import To UAE During COVID-19 

  • Until further notice, cats entering the UAE will need to spend 14 days in quarantine prior to travel.
  • The issuing veterinarian and the government veterinarian will need to sign an addendum to the health certificate attesting that your cat has no signs of coronavirus infection.
  • Dogs and cats from China are not permitted to enter UAE.
  • All transport of Dogs and Cats from Canada to the UAE has been suspended.

For more information on the documents needed to transport your pet to the UAE, please click here. 

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact the Embassy of the UAE here.
For COVID-19 updates visit Emirates, U.AE, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority

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