United Arab Emirates is closing its borders from all non-residents effective March 19, 2020, based on the information released by their UK embassy. UAE is also banning all citizens leaving the country effective immediately.
UAE stopped issuing entry visas on March 17 that didn’t affect nationals from most western countries (read more here). Passengers can continue transiting via Dubai and Abu Dhabi without entering the country.
You can access the Dubai Airports info page here (appears to have old information).
Here’s an excerpt from the National (access here):
Emiratis have been temporarily banned from travelling in an effort to protect them from the spread of Covid-19.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced a temporary ban on Wednesday, saying it was immediately effective and would last until further notice.
Here’s the Tweet from UAE’s UK embassy:
– from March 19 no visas on arrival will be issued until further notice. UAE residents are not affected.
See list of visa on arrival countries here: https://t.co/RstTFXJ0q1
— UAE Embassy UK (@UAEEmbassyUK) March 18, 2020
Here’s what Australian’s Ambassador to UK Tweeted:
From 19 March, the #UAE will suspend issuing all visas on arrival, including for Australians. Australians living in the UAE with existing resident visas are not affected. #AusInUAE #Australia #COVID2019 @Smartraveller pic.twitter.com/YuzoJDK2cA
— Heidi Venamore PSM 🇦🇺 (@AusAmbUAE) March 18, 2020
Here are nationalities that were allowed to enter visa-free that appears to now have been canceled:
|China (Including Hong Kong & Macau)||Japan||Poland||USA|
|Costa Rica||Kiribati||Republic of Ireland||Uruguay|
|Czech Republic||Lithuania||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
Countries are currently changing their entry requirements almost daily. Most travelers have already grounded themselves as air travel has almost completely halted, and some are banning even their nationals leaving.
Let’s hope that these restrictions and entry bans are promptly removed once the coronavirus peak is over.