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COVID-19: Approval for Traveling UAE Residents

COVID-19: Approval for Traveling UAE Residents - Coming Soon in UAE
26 July 2020

Travel advice on the latest regulations for UAE residents willing to travel abroad.

Emiratis nationals and residents are not required by the emirate’s government or airlines to be tested for COVID before fly. However, from August 1, ALL passengers coming to UAE will have to undergo the COVID test prior to boarding (valid 96 hours from the date of the test). A special website allows incoming residents and visitors to locate a PCR testing center in the country of their departure to ease the process of passing mandatory tests.

Requirements for Dubai residents travelling abroad this summer:

• Before booking flight, an individual has to apply to Dubai’s immigration service for permission to return. A special file number must be entered on your visa, you will need on the way back to UAE. Those travelling abroad for more than 30 days will have to apply once abroad and well before your return flight.
• If you are flying with Emirates Airline, you need a GDRFA number to book your outward-bound journey. Other airlines do not require this.
• Dubai residents don’t need to pass the COVID test before departure, however, residents are paying the AED 370 cost of being tested as a precaution before they fly. “People do not want to be stopped at the airport with a positive test, so more patients are arriving for voluntary testing because they now want to travel”.
• If you live in Dubai but work on a visa from another emirate, you must follow federal rules, which include getting approval from the ICA/Tawajudi system.
• Upon arrival in Dubai, you will be tested at the airport and must quarantine at home until you get the results, which take up to two or three days. You do not have to self-isolate for 14 days unless your test result is positive.
• special health declaration form and health insurance covering treatment of coronavirus.
• downloaded the ALHOSN app.

Requirements for Abu Dhabi or Northern Emirates resident travelling abroad this summer:

• You should apply to the federal government’s ICA/Tawajudi system before you travel. Some Abu Dhabi-visa holders leaving the country said they were not required to show it at Abu Dhabi or Dubai’s departure gates, but it is definitely required to return.
• On return, an individual must present a negative test before boarding the aircraft home to the UAE. On arrival, you must quarantine for 14 days, even if the test was negative.
• If you are travelling from Dubai airport, but you are Abu Dhabi visa holder, you will need to apply for ICA/Tawajudi approval before you leave.
• special health declaration form and health insurance covering treatment of coronavirus.
• downloaded the ALHOSN app.

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