Passengers will need to do COVID-19 PCR tests only if it is mandated by the country they are travelling to.
All passengers, except children under the age of 1, who are travelling to China must have a negative rapid COVID-19 test certificate before travel. You must report to the check-in counter 5 hours before your flight and take this test at Dubai International airport at Emirates Terminal 3 departure area, next to Costa. For further information please refer to the travel requirements for China.
Special COVID-19 PCR test rates for Emirates passengers
Emirates has expanded its medical partnerships to offer all passengers exclusive home or office COVID-19 PCR testing rates at the following centres:
Requirements for passengers from these countries and Ethiopia:
Passengers travelling from other countries must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
For passengers 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.
COVID-19 PCR test exemptions:
Requirements for all passengers arriving in Dubai
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, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia (for which specific requirements are stated above).
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 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: 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:
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.
COVID-19 testing laboratories:
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:
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.
All passengers 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.
Please refer to the “Test exemptions” section for the list of exceptions.
Effective 19 September 2021, fully vaccinated UAE citizens, residents and tourists, as documented on the Al Hosn App, will no longer be required to test for COVID-19 at the border before entering Abu Dhabi. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received two doses of the same vaccine at least 28 days before departure.
Please note that although people entering Abu Dhabi from Dubai no longer need to show a test result, you will still be required to have a 'green status' on the Al Hosn app to enter many public places. People who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus remain green as long as they have a COVID 19 PCR test once every 30 days. People who are unvaccinated must be tested every three days to remain green.