Abu Dhabi: The UAE will resume issuing tourist visas for fully vaccinated people from all countries as of August 30, 2021, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) jointly announced on Saturday.
Tourist visa applicants must be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
This decision includes countries from which entry was previously banned. Tourists will also need to do a mandatory rapid PCR test at the airport, with the previous requirements remaining valid for non-vaccinated groups.
In addition, fully vaccinated tourists can also register their vaccination certificates through the ICA platform or Al Hosn App to enjoy the advantages granted to vaccinated people.
This move comes in line with the UAE’s strategy aiming to creating a balance between public health and various vital sectors and will support national efforts being made to achieve sustainable recovery and revive the economic sector.
The tourist visa is granted for either 30 days or 90 days, and usually applies for people who are not eligible for visa-on-arrival in the UAE. On March 21, the UAE Cabinet had also approved a five-year multiple entry tourist visa for all nationalities.
On August 10, the UAE’s National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that individuals who had received COVID-19 vaccines outside the UAE will be able to authenticate the vaccine certificate through the UAE’s Al Hosn app. Read more
What are the vaccines approved by WHO?
- AstraZeneca/AZD1222 (manufactured by the SII and SK Bio)
Are you a UAE resident who is planning to travel to the Emirates from India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Uganda? Make sure you reach the airport well in time for the COVID-19 test that needs to be conducted at the airport before departure. Read more