The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced that the country will be permitting the return of fully vaccinated residents. Vaccines must be World Health Organisation approved. Holders of valid UAE residence visas from the previously suspended list can begin their return starting from 12 September 2021.
The decision covers passengers coming from:
- Sri Lanka,
- The Democratic Republic of Congo,
- Uganda, Sierra Leone,
- South Africa
Arriving passengers must apply via the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) website and complete the vaccination application to get the necessary approvals, in addition to presenting the approved vaccination certification upon departure for the UAE.
A negative PCR test result, done within 48 hours before departure at an approved lab with a QR code, must also be presented.
Those returning must also undertake a Rapid PCR test before boarding and another PCR test on the fourth and eighth day of arrival while complying with all precautionary measures in place, which are also required.
Children under 16 years old are exempt from these procedures.
Residents who are fully vaccinated with any WHO-approved vaccines and who have been staying in one of the countries on the suspended list for more than six months since the suspension decision was issued for each country, can return to the UAE under a new entry permit, and rectify their status after entry.
All other previously announced precautionary measures for unvaccinated people coming from those countries remain in place.