COVID-19 Travel Frequently Asked Questions
Publication05 September 2021
This information is current as of 5 September, 2021
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What requirements apply for travel to Ireland from UAE, Qatar, Kuwait or Afghanistan?
Please carefully review the latest information and requirements for travel to Ireland on www.gov.ie
The following requirements currently apply for travellers to Ireland from UAE, Qatar, Kuwait or Afghanistan:
If you have valid proof of vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
If you have valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.
If you do not have valid proof of vaccination or recovery, you will need to:
- present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country
- self-quarantine for 14 days
- if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine
All passengers travelling to Ireland from abroad must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before departure.
Information regarding travel to Ireland, including approved vaccines, proof of vaccination, proof of recovery and travelling with children can be found on Government advice on international travel (www.gov.ie).
It is important to confirm requirements with your airline or travel provider before you travel.
Where can I get a pre-departure Covid-19 RT-PCR test in UAE, Qatar and Kuwait?
Information on PCR testing locations in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait is available here.
Can I get an Irish/EU Digital Covid Certificate if I have been vaccinated in UAE, Kuwait, Qatar or Afghanistan?
The Digital COVID Certificate is a record of a medical event that takes place in the country of issuing. People who were vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in another jurisdiction will need to access the Digital COVID Certificate in that country. The certificate is not related to your citizenship.
Do you have any information on how to get vaccinated in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait or Afghanistan?
The Irish Embassy cannot advise Irish citizens on how to obtain vaccinations in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait or Afghanistan, nor can we intervene in the respective national vaccine programmes. Citizens are advised to monitor information from the local health authorities about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination programmes in the country where they reside.
I am travelling to Ireland and have a query about visas for entry to Ireland
What are the requirements when travelling from Ireland to the UAE?
Information on quarantine measures in place in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah is available on the UAE Government Information website. There are alternative quarantine guidelines for passengers arriving at Ras Al Khaimah.
It is mandatory to wear facemasks in public in the UAE and to adhere to social distancing measures. You should monitor local media and comply with the directions of local authorities.
You should confirm the latest pre-travel PCR testing and other travel requirements on the Emirates website or check with your travel provider for confirmation prior to travel.
Any passenger flying into Dubai for onward travel to Abu Dhabi will need to comply with the Abu Dhabi guidelines.
For information on requirements for international travel to Abu Dhabi, please read the following carefully COVID-safe travel to and from Abu Dhabi
Ireland is currently on the Green list for travel to Abu Dhabi. This means quarantine is not required for travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from Ireland, regardless of vaccination status.
Please note that if you are travelling to Abu Dhabi for the first time, tourist visa requirements will apply regardless of your vaccination status.You should follow the directions of authorities on arrival. If you are travelling from a country considered to be high-risk or the authorities deem your accommodation to be unsuitable, you may be required to quarantine in a government facility.
Please see the Etihad guidelines for further information.
Can I enter the emirate of Abu Dhabi by road?
Information on entry to Abu Dhabi by land is available onCOVID-safe travel to and from Abu Dhabi
Please see quarantine requirements if transiting through Dubai from a country not on the ‘Green list’ on the way to Abu Dhabi.
Please note that failure to take PCR tests on the appointed days can result in fines and penalties.
If you are entering Dubai to get a flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport it is recommended that you allow sufficient time for delays at the border.
What restrictions are in place in Abu Dhabi?
As of 20 August 2021, entry to public places in Abu Dhabi is conditional on being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and having ‘green status’ on the Al Hosn app. This includes access to government buildings, hotels, restaurants, schools and shopping malls.
Unvaccinated individuals and those with ‘grey status’ on the Alhosn app, which reflects an expired PCR test, are prohibited from entering these public places.
Visitors or those vaccinated abroad (including in Ireland) must register on their arrival and upload an international vaccination certificate on ICA Smart Services. Further information can be found on Process For Verifying International Vaccination Certificates For Visitors To Abu Dhabi Emirate.
Further details and announcements can be found on UAE COVID-19 Updates (ncema.gov.ae) or by contacting the local Abu Dhabi authorities.
I am an Irish citizen and I need to update or change my UAE visa status. Can I do this?
Updates on UAE visas can be found on the UAE Information and Services website.
If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, or on change of visa status (e.g. from a residency visa to a visit visa) you should contact UAE immigration (ICA for visas issued by Abu Dhabi and other emirates; and GDRFA for visas issued by Dubai). In Dubai you can also call also call AMER on 800 5111 or +97143139999 or visit one of the AMER centres located in Dubai.
If your UAE residency visa has been cancelled, you will need to leave the UAE within 30 days or change the status of your visa to remain in the country legally and to avoid fines.
What are the requirements when travelling to Qatar?
Information on travel to, from and through Qatar is available on Qatar Travel and Return Policy Qatar Travel and Return Policy (moph.gov.qa)
The travel procedures include a quarantine policy for different categories of departure countries: green, yellow and red. Please note that Ireland is currently on the ‘red’ list.
Instructions on how to pre-register on Ehteraz website before traveling to Qatar is available on Pre-register on Ehteraz
I am an Irish citizen in Qatar – can I leave?
Qatar citizens and residents can travel abroad at any time, provided they adhere to the travel and return policy. The policy advises employees to consult with their employer/sponsor about their proposed dates of travel and return.
Any resident leaving Qatar will automatically receive their Exceptional Entry Permit. This permit will be available to print from the Ministry of Interior website once the departure has been registered. Holders of expired Permits can extend their permit validity for 30 days from the extension application date.
I am a Qatar resident but currently abroad. Can I return to Qatar?
The granting of approval to return to Qatar is at the discretion of Qatari authorities. Applications for approval must be submitted through the Qatar Portal.
Can I visit Qatar?
While family, visitors and travel for business purposes is now allowed, entry is currently restricted to vaccinated, and/or recovered individuals. Transit passengers travelling on to another destination can still transfer through Qatar. More information here
What restrictions are in place in Qatar?
Qatar began lifting restrictions on May 28. See more information here. You should monitor local media and comply with the directions of local authorities.
What are the requirements when travelling to Kuwait?
If you hold valid Kuwaiti residency and are outside Kuwait, your residency is now valid until its expiry date, and does not automatically expire after 6 months outside Kuwait.
Confirmation of vaccine status must be approved and registered with the Kuwait Ministry of Health-affiliated Immune application or on the Mobile Civil ID app.
What restrictions are in place in Kuwait?
Information on current restrictions in place in Kuwait are available on Instruction Manual for Plan for a Gradual Return to Normalcy.
If you are in Kuwait, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice and any additional screening measures put in place by local authorities.
Who should I contact in an emergency situation?
For emergencies involving an Irish Citizen please call the Embassy in Abu Dhabi on +971(0)2 495 8200.
• You will be asked to leave a message on the answering machine.
• Remember to state:
o your name,
o the nature of the problem,
o where you are now, and
o the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you (e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the hotel/hostel where you are staying).
• If necessary, contact the police also.
• The answering machine is monitored regularly, and the Duty Officer at the Embassy will contact you as soon as possible.
• Please note that the Duty Officer will deal with emergencies only.
• Any non-emergency messages left will have to be deleted to preserve space.
We ask that you Register on our Citizens Registration portal https://citizensregistration.dfa.ie/
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