At the Dubai International Airport.


UAE ban exemption for travelers from 6 countries


DUBAI – To allow expats to return to the UAE from restricted countries, authorities have announced certain passenger categories who are exempted from the travel ban.

Currently, travelers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda are not allowed to enter the UAE, however, there are passengers who are exempted from this ban.

According to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), there are six categories of travelers from restricted countries who can enter the country after getting a permit from the authority.

These passengers can return to the UAE, “irrespective of their vaccination status”, according to the GDRFA. The exempted travelers include:

– Medical professionals and staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians

– Staff and employees of the education sector, including professors and teachers

– Students studying in the UAE

– Holders of a valid visa, and those coming to the UAE on humanitarian grounds

– Employees and staff of local and federal government entities

– Those who will undergo medical treatment in the country

The exempted travelers must have a valid UAE residence visa, and must have completed their Covid-19 vaccination doses in the UAE. They must also have completed 14 days after their second dose.

They must then get approval from GDRFA to return to Dubai, and hold a vaccination card issued from a medical institution in the UAE, including a vaccine certificate from a smart app of government medical entities in UAE.

UAE travel procedure for exempted passengers

Prior to their flight, exempted passengers must submit a request to return to the UAE through the website of the GDRFA:

A holder of valid UAE resident visa, with received complete vaccination doses in the UAE and has completed 14 days after their second dose, must submit a vaccination certificate or card through the GDRFA website.

Ahead of their flight, exempted passengers must hold a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours. The certificate must be issued from approved health centres, which use a QR code system.

They must undergo a rapid test before boarding the aircraft, and take a PCR test on arrival in the UAE. ICA/Expat Media

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