Covid-19: US Dept. of State Advisory on Travel To United Arab Emirates (UAE)
1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Dubai, United Arab Emirates?
The UAE has relaxed some entry requirements. Currently, tourist visas are being issued only by the Dubai authorities. Visit and tourist visas are not currently being issued by the Dubai authorities at the Dubai airport.
2. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?
Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result before flying to the country. The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) said all travelers, including Emiratis, residents, tourists, and transit passengers, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) test result within 96 hours in order to board commercial flights to the UAE.
3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine in United Arab Emirates?
Yes. A 14-day self-quarantine norm is in place. Once the quarantine period completes, you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
4. Is public transportation operating in United Arab Emirates?
6. Is travel to United Arab Emirates restricted?
The US Department of State issued on August 17, 2020, Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) to the destination. The advisory says: Reconsider Travel to United Arab Emirates due to COVID-19.
Travelers are advised to fill out Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP. This is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It entitles them to get the following types of assistance.
- Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
- Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
- Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a global city and business hub of the Middle East. Based on the latest Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index was visited by 15.79 million travelers. Dubai is the fourth most-visited city in the world according to this report after Bangkok, London and Paris. The city leaves behind Singapore, New York City and Tokyo on the list. Dubai has attracted world attention through large construction projects like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Most of the major cities in the world falling under Alpha and Beta categories are connected with nonstop flights to Dubai. Emirates dominate the flight routes. Hence, all options from economy to premium economy, business and first class flights are open for you. Read the difference between business and first class flight.
Dubai is an integral part of the Arabian Desert. It is located on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates and is at 16 m or 52 ft above the sea level. The city shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
Dubai is located at 25.2697°N 55.3095°E. The city has an area of 1,588 sq mi (4,110 km2). The city has expanded itself 88 sq mi into the Arabian Sea.
Dubai is a major transport hub in the Middle East and the world. The city is served by two major airports as mentioned below:
Dubai International Airport
Airport Code: DXB
Location: Dubai International Airport is situated in the Al Garhoud district, 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) east of Dubai
Hub For: Emirates, flydubai
Focus City For: UAE Air, Mahan Air
Interesting Facts: Dubai International Airport ranks as the 3rd busiest airport by international passenger traffic after Atlanta GA, US (ATL) and Beijing, CN (PEK) airports, according to the Airports Council International Report.
Dubai World Central Airport
Official Name: Al Maktoum International Airport
Airport Code: DWC
Location: 23 miles or 37 kilometers southwest of Dubai in Jebel Ali
Hub For: flydubai
Interesting Facts: The airport still under constructions intends to handle all types of aircraft. Up to four aircraft will be able to land simultaneously.
|Origin US Cities||Airlines|
|San Francisco (SFO) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Los Angeles (LAX) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates, Jetblue Airways|
|New York City (JFK) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates, Jetblue Airways|
|Houston (HOU) to Dubai||Emirates, Jetblue Airways|
|Boston (BOS) to Dubai||Emirates, Jetblue Airways|
|Seattle (SEA) to Dubai||Emirates, Jetblue Airways|
|Origin Global Cities||Airlines|
|Hong Kong (HKG) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Singapore (SIN) to Dubai (DXB)||Etihad Airways|
|London (BKK) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Amman, AMM to Dubai (DXB)||Flydubai|
|Beijing, PEK to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Johannesburg, JNB to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
South African Airways
|Incheon (ICN) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Madrid (MAD) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Rio De Janeiro (GIG) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Paris (CDG) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Taipei (TPE) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Barcelona (BCN) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
|Frankfurt (BCN) to Dubai (DXB)||Emirates|
It’s important to know the flight distance to London from your city or departure airport. Take a look at the flight distance and expected time an airplane might take to cover that distance. Nonstop and connecting flight options are available. Possible layover airports could be New York – JFK, Abu Dhabi – AUH, and Beijing – PEK.
Distance to Dubai from prominent US cities are mentioned below. Take a look at the flight distance and flight time (doesn’t include the layover time).
|Flight||Flight Distance||Flight Time|
|San Francisco to Dubai Flight||8,096 miles/13029 km||16 hours 41 minutes|
|Los Angeles, CA to Dubai Flight||8,333 miles/13410 km||17 hours 10 minutes|
|Chicago, IL to Dubai Flight||7,244 miles/11658 km||14 hours 59 minutes|
|New York City to Dubai Flight||6,848 miles / 11021 km||14 hours 12 minutes|
|Dallas to Dubai Flight||8,041 miles/12941 km||16 hours 35 minutes|
|Philadelphia, PA to Dubai||6,933 miles / 11158 km||14 hours, 22 minutes|
Winter, the time between December and March, is the best time to visit Dubai, UAE. However, you are most likely to witness a surge in flight booking tickets as well as hotel accommodation charges. The crowd influx also makes it difficult to find cabs at a reasonable rate. Hence, consider visiting the city during spring (April through May) and fall (September through October) when the weather is pleasant, the crowd is manageable, and rates are affordable.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What cities in the USA have nonstop flights to Dubai?
Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston–Intercontinental (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO), and San Francisco (SFO). Emirates Airline (EK) operate most of the nonstop flights.
2. How long does it take to fly to Dubai?
The approximate distance and flight time between Medina and some popular US cities are as follows:
|Departure City||Flight Distance||Flight Time||Time Difference|
|New York (JFK)||6,867 miles/10662 km||14 hours 14 minute||Dubai is 08 hours ahead|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||8,390 miles (13502 km)||17 hours 17 minutes||Dubai is 11 hours ahead|
|Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)||8071 miles (12990 km)||16 hours 39 minutes||Dubai is 09 hours ahead|
|Denver (DEN)||7,812 miles (12573 km)||16 hours 07 minutes||Dubai is 10 hours ahead|
|San Francisco (SFO)||8,158 miles (13129 km)||16 hours 49 minutes||Dubai is 11 hours ahead|
3. Which airline has the cheapest ticket to Dubai?
Egyptair. It’s the flag carrier airline of Egypt, and a member of Star Alliance. Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Cairo, hub of the carrier, serves as a point of connection for connecting flights between USA and Dubai.
4. What is the minimum validity for travelers with US passport?
6 months validity after date of arrival.
5. Is tourist visa required for US citizens visiting United Arab Emirates?
Not required for tourist stays under 30 days
6. What is the currency restriction for US citizens to visit United Arab Emirates?
7. What is the contact information of U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Dubai or UAE?
U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi
Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No. 4.
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Telephone: +(971) (2) 414-2200
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(971) (0) 2-414-2200
Fax: +(971) (2) 414-2241
U.S. Consulate General Dubai
Corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd
Telephone: +(971) (4) 309-4000
Emergency Telephone: +(971) (4) 309-4000
Fax: +(971) (4) 311-6213
The normal work week in the UAE is Sunday through Thursday