Covid Omicron variant: Step-by-step guide for UAE-US travel – News

New restrictions affect both US residents and foreign visitors

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Released: Sat, December 11th, 2021, 9:30 am

The United Arab Emirates and the United States are among the busiest routes thanks to the United Arab Emirates ‘two largest airlines, Emirates, and Etihad Airways’ extensive connectivity network.

In September, the airline Emirates announced increased frequencies to a number of US destinations due to increasing demand.

As of October, Emirates operated 78 weekly flights to 12 US destinations with an increase in weekly flights to Boston, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC. It has already restored daily flight frequencies from Covid-19 to Chicago, Los Angeles and on the Athens-Newark and Milan-New York routes.

The UAE is home to many US citizens who live and work in the Gulf Country.

Following the outbreak of the latest variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, the administration of US President Joe Biden announced new restrictions on inbound international travelers to prevent the arrival of the new variant. These new restrictions affect both US residents and foreign visitors.

Below is a step-by-step guide for travelers from the United Arab Emirates to the USA:

  • Covid-19 test one day before departure
  • Antigen, nucleic acid amplification tests (Naat), PCR tests are accepted
  • Foreign travelers must be vaccinated
  • The wearing of masks is mandatory for all travelers to US airports
  • Mask compulsory for all passengers during the flight
  • When arriving in the US, masks must be worn on trains, buses, etc.
  • Unvaccinated citizens, permanent residents can enter but must have a negative PCR test the day before the flight
  • No Covid-19 test is required upon landing in the US
  • These rules only apply to air travel