Coronavirus Covid19 Emergency – Information For Internationals

Coronavirus Covid19 Emergency

A) Entry into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from other areas of the country (only for residents of the UAE)

Specific restrictions apply to UAE residents who wish to enter the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, coming from other areas of the country. Access is authorized only to those in possession of a PCR test for COVID19 carried out for no more than 48 hours and with a negative result or, alternatively, a PPE test carried out for no more than 24 hours which can be used for a single entry. Anyone who decides to stay in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi will have to undergo further PCR tests:

  • Those who have entered with a PCR test will have to repeat it on the fourth and eighth day of stay in the Emirate;
  • Those who have entered with the PPE test will have to carry out the PCR test on the third and seventh day of stay.

The day of entry into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is treated as day 1.

Failure to comply with the rules results in a series of penalties of up to AED 50,000 (approximately 12,500)

B) Resumption of flights from / to and transit United Arab Emirates

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates have ordered the gradual resumption of the country’s air connections with various destinations around the world, including weekly direct flights from Abu Dhabi / Dubai to Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino. Details on scheduling these flights can be obtained directly on the Etihad Airways and Emirates airlines websites.

Also in the light of possible sudden updates of the provisions in force as well as of the air connections between India and the UAE, it is recommended to consult the airline in advance and, in the case of flights with a stopover, also check the provisions in force in the countries of transit.

C) Procedures for entry into the United Arab Emirates

  1. Entry into the United Arab Emirates for non-resident foreign citizens

The latest Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers (DPCM), which regulates travel to / from abroad until 6 April 2021, established that travel to and from some countries, including the United Arab Emirates, they are allowed only in the presence of precise reasons, such as: work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to one’s home, home or residence. Travel is therefore not allowed for tourism.
However, in the UAE there is a gradual reopening of borders in favor of non-resident foreigners. However, the entry and exit procedures are applied in different ways in the different Emirates. For Australia You Can Consult Here.

Entry into the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is allowed for holders of a regular UAE residence visa and, starting from 24 December 2020, also for non-residents who are entitled to a visa on arrival.
All arriving passengers, in addition to the PCR test carried out in the country of origin within 96 hours of travel, will undergo a further PCR test at the airport. Travelers from countries listed on the “green” list must self-isolate only until they receive the negative test result and repeat it on the 6th and 12th day of stay.
Travelers from other countries, in addition to the test upon arrival, will have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period monitored with an electronic bracelet and repeat the test on the 8th day of stay.

International travelers arriving through other airports in the country (Dubai and Sharjah) wishing to continue to the capital will be able to reduce the days spent in an Emirate other than Abu Dhabi from the total quarantine period, but the police control will still activate the tracking system and applied the electronic bracelet. For departure from Abu Dhabi airport, it is necessary to submit the negative result to the PCR carried out no later than 48 or 96 hours before the flight, depending on what is requested by the destination countries. Learn more on the Etihad website.

Tourists are allowed to enter the Emirate of Dubai starting from 7 July 2020. For arrival in Dubai, the PCR is required upon departure from the foreign country carried out no later than 72 hours before and, in the face a negative result, there is no quarantine on arrival. For flights departing from Dubai airport, the obligation to use a swab has also been removed (unless the destination country requires it). Requirement to obtain the Visa for Australia.
Further information on the website of the Italian Consulate General in Dubai

  1. Resident foreign nationals intending to re-enter the UAE

For citizens with a residence visa issued by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and all Northern Emirates (except Dubai)

Entry into the UAE is allowed for foreign citizens who hold a valid residence visa, who are temporarily out of the country, upon obtaining a certificate of negativity for the PCR test, valid within 96 hours of travel. Consult the list where there are some of the laboratories that carry out the swab test.

The re-entry authorization is automatic, it is no longer necessary to request and obtain the approval of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), however it is advisable to verify that your personal data (ID number, passport and nationality) are correctly uploaded to the authorities system. The ICA authorization is instead mandatory for Abu Dhabi residents arriving at Dubai International Airport.
For citizens with a residence visa issued by the Emirate of Dubai, the information is available on the website


From 1 July, EU citizens, foreigners residing in an EU country and their family members (spouses, civilly united, de facto cohabiting partner, dependent children under the age of 21, dependent ascendants) can freely enter Italian territory, without need to justify the reasons for the trip. There are limitations for those coming from or transiting from specific countries.
The United Arab Emirates is part of group E.

Upon entry / return from these countries, a self-declaration must be completed. (Click here for the English version) with the indication of where the fiduciary isolation will be carried out which, except in some specific cases, still remains mandatory.

Once you have entered in Country it is necessary to communicate your entry to the Prevention Department of the local health authority to start surveillance.
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