COVID-19 MEASUREMENT

COVID-19 MEASURES ADOPTED IN DUBAI

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 14 November 2021

  • 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.
    Travellers arriving from the following countries must follow specific protocols:

    • Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan
    • Reqirements for passengers from these countries arriving in Dubai or using Dubai connect.
    •  A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted within 48 hours, validity should be calculated from the time the sample was collected, prior to departure from an approved health facility.
    • A rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.
      For travellers travelling to Dubai as their final destination from Nigeria, travel is currently not possible as there is no rapid PCR testing facilities at the airport.
  • All passengers travelling to Dubai from any point of origin (GCC countries included) must hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, except for travel from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa (for which specific requirements are stated above). Please see the requirements for travel from India below.

    The certificate must be a Reverse Transcription‑Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests, NHS COVID Test certificates, 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. 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.

    For passengers arriving from the following countries, it is mandatory that the COVID‑19 PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes. The QR code must be presented at check‑in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival in Dubai airports: Indonesia, Sudan, Lebanon, Egypt and Ethiopia.

  • Indian Nationals with a normal passport who are travelling to or from India via Dubai can obtain a visa on arrival in Dubai for a maximum stay of 14 days provided they:

    • have a visitor visa or a green card issued by the Unites States, or

    • a residence visa issued by the United Kingdom or European Union

      The visa issued by United States, United Kingdom or European Union has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months

  • Test on arrival

    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.

  • Test exemptions:

    • UAE nationals are exempt from taking a COVID‑19 PCR test before departing for Dubai. They must be tested on arrival in Dubai, irrespective if they are holding a valid negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR certificate from the point of origin.
      This is also applicable for:

      • Passengers accompanying a 1st degree UAE nationals’ relative or domestic workers

      • Domestic workers escorting a UAE national sponsor during travel.

  • COVID‑19 testing laboratories:

    • The UAE government has specified designated laboratories. You can either use the recommended laboratories in the list or any trusted and certified laboratories in your country of origin to get your COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test.

    • If you are flying from India, Pakistan, Nigeria or Bangladesh, you must get your certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories document to be accepted on the flight.

  • When you arrive

    • You may need to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. 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 COVID19 – DXB Smart App iOS‑Android

  • Rules for travel from France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland
    Effective 31 October 2021 and until further notice, all passengers travelling to Dubai from France, Germany, Spain, or Switzerland will be accepted for travel if they meet the following conditions:Present a negative COVID‑19
    • RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure
      or
    • Present a vaccination certificate for vaccination administered in France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland or the United Arab Emirates


The vaccination certificate(s) must reflect that the passenger has completed the required doses of a vaccine approved by the WHO and accepted by France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland or the United Arab Emirates.

 

  • Rules for travel from the United Kingdom
    All travellers travelling to Dubai from the UK must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and the certificate must be a Reverse Transcription‑Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR) test. Note that NHS Covid Test certificates are not accepted for travel from the United Kingdom.


  • If the result is positive, compliance with 10-day isolation becomes mandatory.
    • A person who is infected with COVID-19 will remain in isolation (home or facility) for 10 days. The isolation ends after completing the 10 days with improvement in symptoms and no fever for at least three consecutive days, without any fever reduction medication.
    • For more information, please visit this Dubai Health Authority page.
    • For those that are a COVID-19 close contact case, please check this link.
  • Alternative isolation institution includes dedicated hotels and facilities, home or hospitalisation and other potential options based on the patient’s assessment. The 10-day isolation period will be completed while following all necessary precautionary measures and monitoring of symptoms.
  • Responsibilities of travellers:
    • Adhere to all official measures and requirements established by the Dubai Government and other countries before travelling and after returning to Dubai.
    • Disclose any symptoms before travelling by filling in the form provided by airlines.
  • Take precautionary measures and self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Follow the isolation guidelines if you show symptoms on arrival and the result is “positive”.
 
 
 
 
  • Masks are compulsory, as is keeping a two-metre physical distance.
  • You must wear a mask unless exercising, eating or drinking, in a car with your family, or driving alone.
  • Travellers will bear the costs of examination and treatment abroad if they are infected with COVID-19, so they are advised to have international health insurance 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 cover for COVID-19 and overseas medical expenses. Please see the following links for more information and a supporting FAQ: Emirates airline | FlyDubai
  • Alternative isolation institution includes dedicated hotels and facilities, home or hospitalisation and other potential options based on the patient’s assessment.
    • A person who is infected with COVID-19 will remain in isolation for 10 days. The isolation ends after completing the 10 days with improvement in symptoms and no fever for at least three consecutive days, without any fever reduction medication.
    • For more information, please visit this Dubai Health Authority page.
    • For those that are a COVID-19 close contact case, please check this link.

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