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What to know before traveling to Dubai in light of COVID-19
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December 04, 2020
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Before your travel

Please check the following before you undergo any travel to Dubai:

  1. Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check if you need a visa here.

  2. All passengers arriving in Dubai must take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test up to four days prior to their date of travel (maximum 96 hours). The Negative PCR COVID-19 certificate must be printed in English or Arabic. No hand written, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted. You may be required to take another test at Dubai Airports upon arrival.

  3. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with a severe or moderate disability are exempt from the PCR test.

  4. Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling. You will need to sign a declaration to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete a Health Declaration Form before departure confirming you are not displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

  5. If you are travelling with Emirates airline, you will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs valid through to 31 December 2020. Please click here for further details.


From your destination

  1. Take a PCR test up to four days prior to your date of travel (maximum 96 hours). You may be required to take another test at Dubai Airports upon arrival.

  2. Present an official, printed certificate of the negative test at check-in. The Negative PCR COVID-19 certificate must be printed in English or Arabic. No hand written, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted. There are designated laboratories where you can take the test. Please check with your airlines before departure. If you are travelling with Emirates, please click here for a list of accredited labs.

  3. Complete a Health Declaration Form before departing.

  4. Please note airlines have the right to deny travellers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.


Arriving at the airport

  1. All arrival passengers have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.

  2. You may be asked to take an additional PCR test. You will be instructed to remain in your accommodation until you receive the results.

  3. Please present your health declaration form to the staff on hand.


Leaving the airport

  1. Tourists are required to download the COVID-19 - DXB Smart App (iOS or Android)

  2. In the case of a positive test result, you will need to strictly comply with a 14-day quarantine as instructed by the Dubai Health Authority.

  3. Follow the precautionary measures applied in Dubai including wearing masks, maintaining two-metre social distance and washing hands regularly.


More Infromation:

For more information, please be sure to check the following sources prior to undertaking any travel:

  • Dubai Airport website for flight schedules
  • Your airline provider for flight status updates — for Emirates airline, please check here for travel updates or here for support and guidance
  • Please check your visa requirements here
  • Your country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips

For precautionary measures to keep you and those around you safe, visit the following websites or Twitter handles:

For more information about the measures that are taken in Dubai, please check the following sources:


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