COVID-19 UAE Update: Sunday, March 22

COVID-19 UAE Update: Sunday, March 22

22 Mar 2020

Emiratis banned from travelling, all incoming travellers must quarantine

The last week has been busy with coronavirus updates within the UAE, with many precautionary measures being taken by the goverment. 

The UAE tally currently stands at 153 cases, with 38 recovered cases. 


On Saturday, March 21, it was announced that all beaches (public and private), parks and swimming pools would be closed. UAE print publications are also being restricted. 

Restaurants and stores are required to observe social distancing rules, with spacing between customers through the use of table placements or stickers on the floor. 

On Tuesday, March 17, the UAE government requested that all Emiratis abroad, return back to the emirates. On Wednesday, March 18, it was advised that all UAE nationals would be temporarily banned from travelling abroad. 

On Thursday, March 19 it was announced that UAE residents had 10 hours to return to the UAE or they would be denied entry. 

UAE has also now banned all visas-on-arrival, for all countries, and stipulated that any incoming travellers must quarantine for 14 days on arriving into the UAE. 

As a precautionary measure, all mosques and other places of worship, all gyms, cinemas, spring camps and other smaller facilities to close and also that spas and massage parlours closed under directives by the UAE government. 

On Saturday, March 14, the UAE government announced it would be suspending the issuance of all visas. Dubai and Abu Dhabi have both closed all major tourist destinations, and banned shisha. Bars and nightclubs have also been ordered to close. 

Emirates has severely reduced flight loads, with many cancellations. 

Senior residents are being advised to remain indoors where possible and avoid crowded areas. 

For more information on the virus as it happens, see here. 

For updates on the number of cases emerging in each country, see here.