Date Updated

01/06/2022

  • COVID-19 Testing Requirements

    • Travelers must have a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken in the country of departure no later than 72 hours prior to departure for Dubai or 48 hours prior to departure to Abu Dhabi. The test must be in Arabic or English.
    - Those arriving to Dubai from Egypt or Lebanon must have the results issued by an approved laboratory and the test must have a QR code.
    - Those arriving to Dubai from Turkey and Lebanon must have the results of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the country of departure no later than 48 hours prior to departure. The results must be in Arabic or English and issued by an approved laboratory and the test must have a QR code.
    - Those arriving to Dubai from the United Kingdom must have the results of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken in the country of departure no later than 48 hours prior to departure. The results must be issued by an approved laboratory stating the location of where the sample was taken and the test must have a QR code. NHS COVID-19 test certificates are not accepted for travel from the United Kingdom.
    - Those arriving to Abu Dhabi from Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam or Zambia must have a certificate with a QR code.

    • COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and home quarantine until negative test results have been received for travelers arriving to Dubai from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

    • COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival for travelers arriving to Abu Dhabi from any destination except for children below the age of 16.
    - Vaccinated travelers from a green list country must undergo follow-up tests on day 6.
    - Vaccinated travelers from countries not on the green list must undergo follow-up tests on day 4 and 8.
    - Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from a green list country must undergo follow-up tests on day 6 and 9.
    - Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from a country outside of the green list must undergo a follow-up test on day 9.

    • Travelers arriving to Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zimbabwe (see above for the list of exemptions) must:
    - have a negative result of a COVID-19 PCR test taken in the country of departure no later than 48 hours prior to departure. The test must be in Arabic or English, issued by an approved laboratory and have a QR code;
    - take a rapid COVID-19 PCR test within 6 hours of boarding the aircraft (provided that the testing facility is available at the departure airport); and
    - undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine at home until negative test results have been received.
    - In addition to this, passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on day 9 after arrival.

    • Travelers who in the past 14 days have been to or transited through Indonesia or Vietnam must:
    - have a negative result of COVID-19 PCR test taken in the country of departure no later than 72 hours prior to departure. The test must be in Arabic or English, issued by an approved laboratory and have a QR code; and
    - take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine at home until negative test results have been received.
    - Additionally, those traveling from Vietnam to Abu Dhabi must take a rapid COVID-19 PCR test within 6 hours of boarding the aircraft.

    • Travelers who in the past 14 days have been to or transited through Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, DR Congo, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda or Zambia must:
    - have a negative result of COVID-19 PCR test taken in the country of departure no later than 48 hours prior to departure. The test must be in Arabic or English, issued by an approved laboratory and have a QR code;
    - must take a rapid COVID-19 PCR test within 6 hours of boarding the aircraft (provided that the testing facility is available at the departure airport); and
    - take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival and quarantine at home until negative test results have been received.

    • UAE nationals, inbound passengers accompanying the first-degree relative of a UAE national, and domestic workers being accompanied by a UAE national sponsor are exempt from having a negative result of COVID-19 PCR test taken prior to departure to Dubai, including the rapid COVID-19 PCR test (they will be tested upon arrival) except those traveling from Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Zimbabwe.

    • Children under 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing prior or post arrival.

    • For entry via land borders, vaccinated foreign nationals (including GCC nationals) must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test a minimum of 14 days prior to entering the UAE via land borders. They are also required to undergo a COVID19 PCR test on day 6 after entry.

    • For entry via land borders, unvaccinated foreign nationals (including GCC nationals) must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the UAE via land borders. They are also required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on day 4 and 8 after entry.

    • Requirements for individuals entering Abu Dhabi from within the UAE:
    - Vaccinated individuals must present a green status on the Al Hosn App.
    - Unvaccinated individuals must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 96 hours. Quarantine Requirements Vaccinated or Recovered Travelers

    • Fully-vaccinated travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi from any country are exempt from quarantine requirements unless they are waiting on the results of an onarrival COVID-19 test.

    • Travelers subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in the UAE must quarantine at home until negative test results have been received (those testing positive must quarantine at home for 14 days or as per the guidance provided by the relevant health authorities on arrival).

    • 10-day home quarantine for travelers arriving to Abu Dhabi from Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Zimbabwe (see above for the list of exemptions) and take a COVID19 PCR test on day 9 after arrival.

    • Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi from a country deemed to be high-risk may be subject to quarantine at a government facility. Non-vaccinated Travelers

    • Non-vaccinated travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi from any country on the the green list are exempt from quarantine requirements unless they are waiting on the results of an on-arrival COVID-19 test.

    • Travelers subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in the UAE must quarantine at home until negative test results have been received (those testing positive must quarantine at home for 14 days or as per the guidance provided by the relevant health authorities on arrival).

    • 10-day home quarantine for travelers arriving to Abu Dhabi from Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zimbabwe (see above for the list of exemptions) and take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 9 after arrival.

    • Passengers arriving in Abu Dhabi from a country deemed to be high-risk may be subject to quarantine at a government facility.


  • • Government offices have resumed full operations.

    • Entry to government agencies requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained no more than 48 hours prior to their visit, or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

    • Mandatory COVID-19 PCR test every 7 days for all employees in government agencies in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    • Contact your Fragomen professional for information on the processing of new work authorizations (short- and long-term) as application processes for individuals outside the UAE may be suspended in select jurisdictions and / or for nationals of select countries. Travel Restrictions

    • Travelers who in the past 14 days have been to or transited through Botswana, Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter or transit through the UAE.
    - This does not apply to UAE nationals, Golden Visa holders, official delegations, and diplomats.

    • UAE nationals are not allowed to travel to Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Zimbabwe, except members of official delegations, members of official educational missions, or persons holding permission to travel to these countries for emergency purposes.

    • Beginning January 10, 2022, UAE nationals who are not vaccinated and who have not received the booster dose are not allowed to exit the UAE.
  • Services currently offered include:

    • Virtual, with limited face-to-face interaction

    • Lease checks

    • Check in/out: prior to move-in, the unit has been pre-inspected; latest health or medical certification of all incoming occupants which will state that occupant(s) was never a suspected or probable case individual and has never been identified as positive COVID-19 case individual, if identified, submit result of negative RT-PCR as per DOH standard; mandatory wearing of facemask, body temperature screening and use of foot bath.

    • Negotiations

    • Timelines (normal)

    • Market availability; mobility is limited to verify available properties

    • Additionally agents can assist with:
    - Needs assessment calls.
    - Sharing housing market information.
    - Sharing sample properties online.
    - Conducting lease contract reviews and negotiation.
    - Coordinating and assisting in utilities set-up such as internet and cable.
    - Providing school information.
    - Coordinating temporary housing bookings.
    - Providing information on bank accounts opening requirements.
    - Providing information on local registration requirements.
  • Yes.


  • • Tertiary level (e.g. universities and other higher education institutions):
    - Face-to-Face teaching is permitted only if the students absolutely need to be onsite (e.g. instruction on operating a particular machine, dissection during medical studies) and if the teaching forms an essential part of the course of study, otherwise, a switch to remote learning is required.
    - Examinations linked to study courses or higher vocational training and the examinations necessary for obtaining an official certificate may be held on-site provided that the precautionary measures are observed.


  • • Vaccinations are ongoing and available to all residents with a valid Emirates ID Card, People can reserve an appointment through the DHA smartphone app or through the contact center on 800 342.
  • Open, with social distancing and all passengers must wear a mask.
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video only

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    • Yes

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Reduced services; average increase approxomately 25% particularly affected USA, UK, and Netherlands, etc.
    • Sea: Reduced services causing spacing issues and increases in pricing.

    Road Availability
    • Normal at present

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative.

Entry Restrictions

Partially Restricted

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