UAE Residence Visa holders travelling to Dubai from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka must have or approval to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This does not apply to passengers who have other visas, such as newly issued residence or employment visas, short stay or long stay visa, holders of 10 year UAE Golden visa, Investor or Partner visa, visit visa or visa on arrival.
Passengers arriving from the countries above must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted within 48 hours, validity should be calculated from time the sample was collected, prior to departure from an approved health facility.
Passengers must also present a COVID-19 Rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.
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, Argentina, Bangladesh, Burundi, Botswana, Chad, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Lesotho ,Liberia, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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. Self-testing/Self-administered PCR test results will not be accepted.
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. PCR test certificates issued in the UAE can be used for re-entry if they are still within the validity period of 48 or 72 hours as required for travel from the departure country.
The regulations change frequently, so please check the requirements of the country you are departing. You may need to take a particular type of COVID 19 test specified by your destination in order to depart the country.
From 2 January 2022 all passengers travelling to Dubai from the UK must meet the following criteria:
The following passengers are exempt from the testing requirements:
For passengers arriving from the following countries, the COVID-19 RT-PCR test must be conducted no more than 72 hours before departure and the report must include 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:
For passengers arriving from these specified countries, it is mandatory that the COVID-19 RT-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:
Requirements for passengers from these countries arriving in Dubai or using Dubai connect:
Effective from 29 January 2022, all passengers from these specified countries having their final destination as Dubai must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted at an approved facility within 48 hours of departure. Validity must be calculated from the time the sample was collected.
The certificate must be a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test issued by trusted and certified laboratories with a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes.
Transit Passengers must follow the testing requirement of their final destination.
Following passengers are exempted from PCR Tests:
Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, 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 residence until you receive the test result.
All transit passengers must complete all the requirements of their final destination.
All passengers transiting through Dubai from the UK must meet the following criteria:
The following passengers are exempt from the testing requirements:
All passengers transiting through Dubai from the specified countries must present a valid negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate that is issued within 72 hours from the time the sample was collected, issued from an approved health service provider, with a QR code.
All passengers transiting through Dubai from the specified countries must:
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.
Emirates has expanded its medical partnerships to offer all passengers exclusive home or office COVID-19 PCR testing rates at the following centres:
Al Tadawi Medical Centre
Location: Al Masood building, Airport Road, Port Saeed area, Deira.
Test costs: AED 130 per person. Home or office testing within Dubai costs AED 240 per person. Test results will be available within 24 hours.
Prime Medical Centres
Passengers travelling from Dubai will need to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing only if it is required by the country you are travelling to.
If you travel out of Dubai, the requirements for passengers travelling to Dubai will apply to your return journey. Dubai residents do not need Dubai government approval to leave Dubai.
The regulations change frequently, so please check the requirements of your destination before you travel.
Effective 10 January 2022, under the UAE travel protocol for UAE Nationals 18 years old and above, they must meet one of the following requirements to travel:
The following categories of UAE Nationals are exempted from the specified travel conditions provided they obtain an official letter from the relevant health authority in the UAE:
Any exception must be obtained by the individuals from the relevant authorities before arrival to airport or making travel arrangements.
To be accepted for travel from Dubai to China, you are required to take a double COVID-19 PCR test and antibody blood IgM test before departure. You will also need to self-quarantine for 14 days before your flight’s scheduled departure.
All passengers, except children below the age of 1, must report to the Dubai Airport Terminal 3, Car Park check in area between 1800 and 1900hrs (Dubai local time) to undergo an additional RT PCR test 8 hours before flight departure. Passengers must remain at the Car Park check in area to await the results. Once an SMS is received with a negative test result, please make sure to collect a printed copy of your RT PCR test certificate and proceed to the check in counter in the same area.
Passengers must pay AED 150/ per test, per person.
Please complete the requirements and follow the procedures for entry into China before you travel.
Effective 30 December 2021, vaccinated residents and visitors must have a Green Pass on their Al Hosn app to enter Abu Dhabi. Unvaccinated travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 96 hours of entry. In addition, all commuters (passengers and vehicle drivers) travelling to Abu Dhabi will be scanned by EDE devices at the border to gain permission to enter the emirate. The protocols in place at all Abu Dhabi borders could affect your travel times due to anticipated congestions.
Once scanned, anyone with signs that they may have the virus will be sent for a free rapid antigen test which delivers results in about 20 minutes. If the test is positive, those who are residents of Abu Dhabi should isolate for 10 days. They will be fitted with a tracking wristband for this duration.
However, commuters from outside Abu Dhabi must return to the emirate from which they travelled and notify the local health authority of their test result. Anyone entering Abu Dhabi emirate will need to undertake the EDE scan regardless of whether they have the AlHosn Green Pass.
How does the EDE scanner work?
EDE scanners use advanced technology to rapidly detect potential COVID-19 cases without storing any personal information. They do so by measuring alterations in electromagnetic waves, using a smartphone connected to a sensor. Electromagnetic wave patterns change when RNA particles of the COVID-19 virus are present. The results of the scan are therefore near instantaneous.
The screen on a scanner turns green to show that the person is healthy, whereas an alert in red appears to indicate a possible COVID-19 infection.
What is the Green Pass?
For vaccinated residents and visitors who receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, their green status on the Al Hosn will be activated for 14 days. After which, their status will turns grey and they will have to take another PCR test.