Travel to the United Arab Emirates is subject to entry restrictions
- With effect from 12 August there is no longer a requirement for residents returning to the UAE, other than Dubai, to get approval before travelling. Prior approval is still required for residents returning to Dubai.
- Visit and tourist visas are currently being issued by the Dubai authorities only. Tourists and visitors cannot travel to Abu Dhabi by air.
- All travellers to the UAE must have carried out a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 96 hours and received a negative result prior to their departure. You may also need to undertake a second test on arrival, and to complete a period of self-isolation. You should check with your airline to confirm what proof of testing you need to present to the airline before travelling.
- All travellers departing from the UAE to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure. This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If youâ€™re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If youâ€™re planning travel to the United Arab Emirates, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)â€™s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
Around 1.5 million British nationals visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Following the attack on the coalition base at Taji in Iraq on 11 March, and subsequent US airstrikes, tensions may be raised across the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests, including against UK citizens. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.
The UAE authorities announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017. All air and sea points of entry between UAE and Qatar were closed on 6 June 2017. See Qatar
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the UAE. See Terrorism
If youâ€™re planning to travel with prescribed or over the counter medicines for personal use, youâ€™ll need to meet the UAEâ€™s specific requirements for your medicine to be allowed into the country. See Medication
The UAE is a Muslim country. Laws and customs are very different to those in the UK. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times. There may be serious penalties for doing something that might not be illegal in the UK. See Local laws and customs
You can contact the emergency services by calling 999 (police), 997 (fire) or 998 (ambulance).
If youâ€™re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.