Do you want to travel to the UAE? See what GDRFA, ICA approval for residents

If you’re considering a trip to Dubai, here’s what you should know and anticipate if you go during the Covid-19 epidemic. There are no «red list» nations for travel to Dubai, thus anyone who is typically authorized to go to the emirate is able to do so. Passengers traveling to Dubai from any country (including the GCC) must meet one of the following qualifications as of February 26, 2022:

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What do I need to travel to the UAE?

If you have in mind to travel to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any city in the UAE, these requirements must be met

  • Present a valid vaccination certificates’ indicating that the passenger has been completely vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and contains a QR code.
  • Present a valid negative COVID19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours of sample collection and issued by an accredited health service provider with a QR code.
  • Present a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by the competent authorities indicating that the passenger recovered from COVID19 within one month of the date of recovery to the date of arrival.

Passengers must take a PCR test upon arrival in Dubai and self-quarantine until they obtain a negative result if desired. Passengers who test positive for COVID19 must follow the Dubai Health Authority’s recommendations. 

Keep in mind

  • Printed or digital PCR test certificates or immunization certificates must have a QR code and be in English or Arabic. Certificates for SMS are not accepted.
  • COVID19 PCR tests and immunization certificates in other languages are permitted if they can be authenticated at the point of departure.
  • COVID19 vaccination certificates without a QR code can be acceptable for travel to Dubai as long as they are provided by test centers/organizations recognized/approved by the country’s national health authority. 
  • PCR testing must be based on a molecular diagnostic test designed for the qualitative identification of SARSCOV2 virus RNA nucleic acid. Rapid antigen, antibody, or rapid lateral flow tests, as well as home test kits, will not be allowed.

The regulations and requirements for admission at the ultimate destination will apply to transit passengers.

⚠️ UAE nationals visiting the UAE from any country are no longer required to obtain permission from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

Continue reading to learn more about the relaxation of the ICA permission for all UAE citizens.

According to the UAE flag carriers, GDRFA or ICA permission is no longer necessary for UAE citizens travelling to the UAE. As a result, UAE citizens from all over the world may now travel to the UAE without having to pre-register on the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP/ICA) webpage.

However, emirates such as Sharjah and Abu Dhabi continue to demand residents and visitors to register their immunization and entrance status in the ICA smart services site. Furthermore, the UAE has begun to take steps toward normalcy by relaxing the Covid-19 limitations and eliminating the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated newcomers.

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