The UAE, one of the favorite travel destinations for travelers, has been partially reopened for some time now, thanks in part to a successful vaccination campaign and the vigilant efforts of all parties involved. As such, it should come as no surprise that the UAE has strict vaccination requirements for partner countries as part of its vaccination and green list measures.
This requirement to import the vaccine has now been extended to several banned countries, namely India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda. Some visitors from these countries are now allowed to enter, provided they have been vaccinated in the UAE.
So what vaccines are allowed to travel to the UAE? Find out below.
List of approved vaccines in the UAE
Travelers can only enter Dubai and the UAE and enjoy a quarantined vacation if they have received a vaccine approved by the UAE authorities. So far, the following four vaccines have been approved in the Emirates:
- Oxford / AstraZeneca, i.e. Covidshield
- Pfizer / BioNTech
- Satellite V
We will update this list as the country allows more vaccines.
Note that the Dubai Health Authority has explained that Covidshield will be adopted because “Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and Covidshield vaccine are the same vaccine.”
In addition to fully vaccinated residents, other categories of residents allowed to fly from the six countries include medical professionals, teachers, humanitarian workers, and individuals working in federal and local government offices.
UAE residents with a gold or silver residence permit; UAE citizens and their relatives of the first degree of kinship; diplomatic personnel between the UAE and the countries concerned; official delegations; and international exhibitors, exhibitors and Expo 2020 staff also fall under the excluded categories.
Crews of cargo and transit flights of foreign companies; some businessmen and women entrepreneurs; and vital personnel complete the list of excluded categories.