On 8 July 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi issued a Citizen Alert regarding COVID-19 restrictions in the UAE, which reads in part as follows:

“Foreign Travel for UAE Residents: The UAE government has reportedly relaxed its requirements for international travel from the UAE with the intent to return. Residents may now travel outside of the UAE for “general reasons” provided they adhere to the below requirements:

  • “Receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of international travel
  • “Obtain international health insurance for the entire duration of travel
  • “Adhere to health regulations of the country they are traveling to
  • “Obtain a negative COVID-19 test result 48 hours before their return to the UAE
  • “Quarantine upon return to the UAE

“Abu Dhabi movement restriction update: The Abu Dhabi government updated travel rules to allow residents to take 48-hour trips outside the emirate after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result. Additionally, commuters traveling into Abu Dhabi from other emirates must have a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to arriving at the Abu Dhabi border. Please click here for more information.”

The full text of the alert is available here.