Travel Updates: Abu Dhabi and 5 Other Emirates Are Now Issuing Tourist Visas
Ever since March, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all the Emirates suspended tourist visas. However, it was just announced that starting today, tourists can now secure a visa and travel into the UAE. The decision means Abu Dhabi and five other emirates will allow visitors back for the first time since March.
However, since Dubai has its own immigration service and separate crisis authority, it allowed tourists to return in early June. Now, a range of visas will be available with the exception of work permits.
Although all travelers to the Emirates must take a PCR nasal swab test before boarding their flights in their home country, several of the emirates have different procedures for inbound and outbound passengers. For example, while tourists in Sharjah are asked to stay in their hotel rooms until they receive a negative test result, Abu Dhabi tourists are required to stay in their residence for 14 days, and can expect to be fitted with an electronic tag on arrival to monitor their location for two weeks.