The United Arab Emirates recently updated its COVID-19 entry testing and visa renewal policies.

The following policies took effect Aug. 1:

  • All travelers arriving in the UAE are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate from a test conducted within the past 96 hours.
  • A second test may be required at the airport at the discretion of UAE authorities. If a second test is conducted at the Dubai airport, self-quarantine is required until a negative test result is issued. All travelers who are tested a second time at the Abu Dhabi airport are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Additional Information: The UAE has also modified its COVID-19 visa policies. Under policies that took effect Aug. 1, foreign residents currently in the country now have until Oct. 10 to renew expired visas. Visitors who are currently in the UAE with expired visas have until Aug. 10 to leave or update their status. Residents outside the UAE should return as soon as they are able to do so.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should take note of the new testing requirements and make employee travel arrangements accordingly. The visa renewal policies will provide some relief to individuals whose visas have expired or will expire soon. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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