Travel Requirements to Dubai

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  • Dubai’s national vaccination campaign commenced in December 2020 and is progressing rapidly; for the latest number of doses administered, please click here.
  • The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), alongside other relevant authorities continue to prioritise, monitor and assure the safety and the wellbeing of all travellers to, and residents of Dubai as the utmost priority. Dubai Tourism continues to work diligently under the guidance of the World Health Organization to maintain stringent and rigorous standards of public hygiene and safety of all travellers and residents in Dubai.
  • Dubai was recognised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and received its Safe Travels stamp for its safety protocols in place.
  • Yes, ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling.
  • Customers purchasing an Emirates airline or FlyDubai ticket from 1 December 2020 benefit from additional multi-risk travel insurance provided by AIG Travel, including coverage for COVID-19 and overseas medical expenses. Please see the following links for more information and a supporting FAQ: Emirates airline | FlyDubai
  • Before you book
    Check if you need a visa. Depending on your nationality you can get a visa on arrival, or you can apply for your prearranged visit visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel.
  • Before you travel

    GDRFA or ICA approval is not required for tourists travelling to the UAE.

    For the entry requirements of specific countries, please click here for more details.

Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries (GCC included) must have a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.


There are specific requirements for passengers travelling from the following countries. Please check before you travel: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zambia.


The certificate must be a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests, NHS COVID‑19 Test certificates, COVID‑19 Rapid PCR tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai. Travellers must bring an official printed or digital certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS certificates are not accepted. COVID‑19 PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station.


COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificates must be issued by an authorised facility in the passenger’s departure country. Certificates that have already been presented for travel to another destination can’t be used for re entry even if they are still within the validity period.


The regulations change frequently, so please check the requirements of the country you are departing(Opens page in the same tab). You may need to take a particular type of COVID 19 test specified by your destination in order to depart the country.


For the requirements of specific countries, please click here for more details.

  • All UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country are exempted from the pre departure COVID‑19 PCR test requirements but must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Non UAE national accompanying a first degree UAE national family member and domestic workers accompanying a UAE national sponsor are also exempted from the pre departure COVID‑19 PCR test requirements but must take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival.
  • Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities:
    • Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example: Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, Cerebral aneurysm, Cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and seizures.
    • All other passengers, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT PCR test certificate as per the requirements.

Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport:


Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.


If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines. You must also download the COVID‑19 – DXB Smart App iOS (Opens an external website in a new tab) Android (Opens an external website in a new tab).

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We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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