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Important Announcement

Dear Travelers,

As per the directives of the UAE government, we would like to inform you that all passenger flights to, from and through AUH will be temporarily suspended starting March 24 at 23:59 UAE time for two weeks except cargo and evacuation flights.

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Tue 24-03-2020 6:15 PM

As the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-9) outbreak continues to evolve, we have taken the necessary steps to be prepared for every possible scenario to protect our passengers, staff and operations, including the eventuality of the full suspension of all passenger flights.

With safety being our top priority, we always comply with the mandatory directives of the UAE authorities and fully support the prudent decision to suspend all passenger flights and the transit of passengers for 14 days from 24 March 2020, at 23:59 UAE time. This decision is subject to re- assessment.

Abu Dhabi International Airport will remain open for vital cargo operations serving capacity-constrained markets and special repatriation flights, continuing to apply our robust precautionary measures that include thermal screening, nasal swabbing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in line with the recommendations of The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).

We will continue to coordinate with the authorities and our industry partners to offer all the support necessary to bolster our collective efforts to protect public health. We also remain in close dialogue with all our landing partners to ensure they can swiftly resume passenger services once the authorities lift the suspension.

At this time, we urge people to be responsible and follow the UAE Government’s advice to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Affected passengers should consult their respective airline for making alternative arrangements.

Mon 23-03-2020 02:22 AM - UAE suspends all inbound, outbound passenger flights, transit of airline passengers for two weeks
Source: Emirates News Agency

The National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management and the Civil Aviation Authority have decided to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE for two weeks as part of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

The decision, which is subject to re-assessment, will take effect in 48 hours.

In a statement today, the CAA said cargo and emergency evacuation flights would be exempt, taking into consideration all the precautionary measures adopted as per the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

"Additional examination and isolation arrangements will be taken later should flights resume in order to ensure the safety of passengers, air crews, and airport personnel and their protection from infection risks," said the statement.

Fri 20-03-2020 23:45 PM - UAE suspends entry of GCC citizens from midnight tonight pending approval of pre-check mechanism
Source: Emirates News Agency

Further to its earlier statement today on updating the entry procedures for GCC nationals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has issued a statement suspending entry of GCC citizens, starting midnight tonight, March 20th, until a pre-check mechanism involving COVID-19 is approved.

Thu 19-03-2020 02:31 AM - UAE suspends entry of valid visa holders effective Thursday for renewable two weeks
Source: Emirates News Agency

The UAE has suspended the entry of all its valid visa holders, who are currently out of the country, for a renewable period of two weeks effective 12.00 noon of Thursday, March 19, due to the spread of COVID-19.

The development comes as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of those affected by the decision, which is subject to renewals depending on the health status measures taken due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has requested those holding valid UAE visas, and now staying out of the country, to pursue the following procedures:

-Those who are now staying in their countries of origin have to contact the UAE diplomatic missions in their respective nations for all necessary support and to streamline their return back to the UAE.

-Those who are currently outside the UAE for business considerations have to contact their employers here as well as Emirati diplomatic missions in their host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.

-Those who are now on vacation have to contact UAE diplomatic missions in their respective host countries for all necessary support to facilitate their return back to the UAE.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) has urged the families and kins of those affected by the decision to get in touch with the ICA via the following contact numbers to get updated on all the measures they have to pursue:

‏-Fax: 025543883

-Mobile: 0501066099

-Landline 02 3128867- 02 3128865


In a statement today, ICA said the new decision comes as part of the preventive and precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Wed 18-03-2020 18:01 PM - UAE temporarily suspends visas on arrival amid COVID-19 developments
Source: Emirates News Agency

The UAE has announced a temporary suspension on issuing visas upon arrival for holders of exempted passports, effective 01:00 (UAE local time) on Thursday, the 19th of March, 2020, as part of the precautionary and preventive measures adopted by the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Holders of diplomatic passports are exempted from this decision, noted the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the decision will apply to holders of exempted passports until a medical clearance process is activated at the departure country as part of global precautionary measures being undertaken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The decision comes within the framework of the UAE's support for efforts by the international community to contain the virus, the statement concluded.

Mon 16-03-2020 15:45 PM - Additional measures for passengers arriving from visa exempt and high-risk countries

UAE authorities have suspended the issuance of entry visas temporarily. This does not apply to passengers who hold passports from Visa-exempt countries entitled to a visa upon arrival – listed further below.

Passengers from Visa-exempt countries and those arriving from high-risk countries will be subject to advanced polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing at the airport.

Following testing, passengers will be required to self-isolate for four days. Following the four-day isolation period, passengers will be required to undertake a secondary PCR test to confirm a COVID-19 infection.

List of Visa-exempt countries












Solomon Islands




South Korea














Hong Kong

New Zealand









United Kingdom








Vatican City



Republic of Ireland




Costa Rica





Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



San Marino

Czech Republic






El Salvador



 Sat 14-03-2020 18:04 PM - UAE temporarily suspends visas as COVID-19 declared pandemic

Source: Emirates News Agency

The UAE has suspended, effective March 17, all visas to all foreigners, with the exception of diplomatic passport holders.

In a statement released today, the Federal Authority for Identity And Citizenship (ICA) said: "The move comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the World Health Organisation's declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, a development which reflects the high risks now associated with travel under the current circumstances."

The decision does not apply to those who already have their visas issued prior to the aforementioned date.

The ICA noted that the additional precautionary decision will be valid until a mechanism for medical examination has been established in the countries of departure as part of other global measures taken for the common good of all nations of the world to curb the proliferation of the novel virus.

"The ICA affirms that the decision stems from the UAE’s deep sense of responsibility and diligent efforts in collaboration with other countries of the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic and survive this ongoing crisis," the statement concluded.

Sat 14-03-2020 18:05 PM - UAE suspends inbound, outbound flights with four countries over COVID-19 concerns

Source: Emirates News Agency

The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, has announced the suspension of all inbound and outbound flights with Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, with effect from 17th March, and until further notice.

The move is part of the country's proactive precautionary and preventive health measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, said the GCAA in a statement Saturday.

''The decision followed our analysis and assessment of the latest global situation and the scale of the spread of the virus to most countries of the world including Italy, '' the statement added.

''We are maintaining close coordination and cooperation with competent authorities inside and outside the country in regards to the evolving situation.'' The statement further added that stakeholders operating under the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA, are monitoring the latest global developments in order to take appropriate actions that ensure continuity of work inside the country and to mitigate potential risks.

The GCAA advised passengers affected by the suspension of flights to contact their respective air carriers to reschedule their flights and ensure their safe return to their final destinations.


As part of our precautionary measures to the ongoing health situation of Covid-19, Abu Dhabi Airports can confirm the following information, as directed by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the UAE health authorities and other relevant authorities. For further information, we advise passengers to check with their airline in advance of travel.

On arrival to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) all passengers will go through a non-intrusive thermal scanning process as they pass through arrival process.

Those arriving from any of the countries listed below will undergo an addition to mandatory thermal screening, nasal swab. This level of screening is being carried out by a medical team at Abu Dhabi International (AUH) and limited to the following countries:

  • Thailand
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Italy
  • People’s Republic of China – Beijing
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Islamic Republic of Iran

    As directed by the relevant authorities, flights to and from the following countries have been currently suspended:

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • People’s Republic of China, except for Beijing
  • Italy except for Rome

    Those travelling to Kuwait, via Abu Dhabi, and are resident of or have travelled to the following countries in the past 14-days, will not be permitted to enter Kuwait and should check with their airline before departure:

  • Bangladesh
  • Philippines
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Lebanon
  • Egypt
  • Syria

    The safety and wellbeing of all our customers and community members is of great importance at this time. By working closely with the DOH, we are ensuring the correct procedures are taken in the airport environment. Abu Dhabi Airports continues to maintain strict cleanliness and hygiene standards.

    For information on precautionary measures while travelling to keep you and those around you safe, please visit the official WHO or DOH websites: