Covid-19 UpdatesMay 19, 2020
In light of fast-breaking news related to the global coronavirus outbreak, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council is pleased to provide the below updates and resources regarding the status of health and travel conditions in the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
U.S.-U.A.E. Travel Updates
The U.A.E. Civil Aviation Authority announced that, effective at 12 AM on March 25th, all inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights are suspended.
However, both Emirates and Etihad are operating a number of special flights to and from Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.
U.A.E. nationals who are currently in the U.S. and wish to return to the U.A.E. can call +1 202 243 2400 or +1 202 431 5530
To inquire about consular services, please call: +1 202 243 2400.
People who are U.A.E. residents but not citizens trying to return to the U.A.E. can apply for an exception by filing MOFAIC’s Tawajudi form and calling one of the following MOFAIC designated numbers: +971 249 65228 or +971 800 44444
U.S. citizens looking for options to return to the United States can call the U.S. Department of State Repatriation Task Force at 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. or +1-202-501-4444 from overseas. U.S. citizens can enroll in the STEP program to receive alerts and ensure they can be located in an emergency.
Effective March 29th, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate Dubai will accept only emergency passport applications (renewing passports that have expired or have less than six months validity), processing Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and other emergency cases. Routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments have been cancelled.
The U.A.E. government has requested that individuals wishing to move outside their homes during these hours register for movement permits at https://movepermit.gov.ae/ or through the Abu Dhabi Police’s website at https://www.adpolice.gov.ae/en/pages/home.aspx. Failure to register movements could result in fines.
The U.A.E. Attorney General announced on March 27 that individuals failing to follow social distancing protocols or motorists with more than three people in their car may receive a 1,000 dirham fine. Organizing or attending social gatherings, meetings, or public celebrations will result in fines of 5,000-10,000 dirhams. The UAE Ministry of Interior clarified on March 29 that anyone displaying common cold or flu-like symptoms and not wearing a medical mask indoors is subject to a 1,000 dirham fine. This is not an exhaustive list of possible fines.
Updates from U.A.E. Authorities on Covid-19
Updates from U.S. Authorities on Covid-19Back to News