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Important Announcement

Before travelling to, from or through Abu Dhabi Airport, please ensure that you are familiar with the regulations that apply to your trip. Depending on the nature of your journey, you will need to gather this information from a range of sources including but not limited to:

If you are arriving in the UAE, you will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before your travel, issued no more than 96 hours prior to your arrival in the UAE. 

Upon arrival, all inbound passengers will have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test at Abu Dhabi International Airport.


While in Abu Dhabi International Airport, you will need to wear a face-mask and disposable hand gloves. You will also need to adhere to social distancing measures at all times.


Please note: 


Travellers bear full responsibility for ensuring they comply with the requirements for their travel and neither the airport nor airline can be held responsible for any issues associated with non-compliance.

Find out what you may or may not bring into the UAE



Strict laws apply regarding the import of specific items into the UAE. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these.

Security checks upon arrival

Follow the Arrivals and Exit signs to Passport Control. After passing through Passport Control, you will arrive at the baggage carousels. Once you have collected your luggage you will pass through Customs control. If you have nothing to declare, simply pass through.

Duty free allowances

Each traveller is permitted to bring the following with them into the United Arab Emirates (UAE):

  • 4 litres of alcohol or one carton / 24 cans of beer
  • AED 2,000 worth of cigarettes or 400 sticks of cigarettes
  • AED 3,000 worth of gifts, including perfume
  • AED 3,000 worth of cigars
  • 2 kilograms of tobacco

It is important to know which substances or items are illegal or restricted before entering the UAE.

Drugs and medication

  • The UAE has a zero-tolerance drugs policy. Possession of even tiny amounts of illegal drugs will result in imprisonment.
  • A doctor's prescription should be carried along with any medication that is brought into the country. Some drugs and medications that may be purchased over-the-counter in other countries are classified as controlled substances in the UAE and are illegal to possess. A person may be arrested and prosecuted if in possession of prescribed or over-the-counter medicines containing, for example, codeine or similar ingredients.
  • Please contact your nearest UAE embassy or consulate for advice if you need to bring medications or other drugs into the country.
  • Controlled substances such as cannabis, opium etc. are banned and the penalties for handling these drugs are severe.

Firearms and weapons

The importation of firearms and dangerous weapons is restricted.

Print, audio, video or other media

  • Religious propaganda and potentially offensive printed materials, CDs, videos or films should not be brought into the country.
  • Strict copyright laws are being enforced in the UAE, and pirated video and audiotapes or illegal computer software will be confiscated.


The UAE has a robust system in place to combat money laundering and suspicious financial activities. It is every passenger's duty to declare and submit the appropriate forms to customs officials upon entering and departing the UAE.

In line with international criteria and global best practices, when entering or exiting the UAE, you are required to declare cash, or any other financial instrument exceeding AED 100,000. There is no restriction on the amount of cash that you may carry. The declaration is for monitoring and statistical purposes.

Where can I declare money exceeding AED 100,000?