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:
UAE residents traveling from Ethiopia do not require GDRFA/ICA approval to travel to Dubai.
Requirements for passengers from these countries, including Ethiopia:
Passengers traveling 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 traveling to Dubai as their final destination from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam and Zambia travel is currently not possible as there are no rapid PCR testing facilities at the airport.
COVID-19 PCR test exemptions:
Requirements for all passengers arriving in Dubai
All passengers traveling 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. Travelers 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 authorized 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 traveling 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 Europe 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, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.
Transiting in Dubai
All transit passengers must complete all the requirements of their final destination.
Transit passengers from the following countries must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure:
All other transit passengers are not required to present this certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination.
COVID-19 testing laboratories:
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.
UAE Nationals travelling to Dubai are exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements prior to departure but will be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
There are strict rules for traveling into Abu Dhabi by road.
Passengers who are planning to travel to Abu Dhabi must comply with the following protocols in place at all Abu Dhabi borders. These procedures may affect travel time.
Effective August 15, 2021, Abu Dhabi authorities have revised the rules and updated travel procedures for UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors entering Abu Dhabi.
Vaccinated travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi from green-list destinations must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and take a second COVID-19 PCR test on Day 6.
When arriving from other destinations (non-green), they must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for seven days and take a second COVID-19 PCR test on Day 6.
The protocol applies to fully vaccinated UAE citizens and residents as well as visitors, and must be documented on the Alhosn App.
Unvaccinated citizens, residents and visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi from green-list destinations must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine, and take COVID-19 PCR tests on Days 6 and 9.
When arriving from other destinations (non-green), they must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, quarantine for ten days and take another COVID-19 PCR test on Day 9.
Restrictions for unvaccinated individuals
Effective August 20, 2021, entry into public places will be limited to vaccinated citizens, residents, and tourists. The approved process allows entry for those vaccinated with green status on the Alhosn App, which appears after a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and is valid for 30 days.
Entry is also allowed for those exempted from vaccination with green status on Alhosn App, which appears after a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and is valid for seven days. Children under 16 years old whose status will appear as green on the Alhosn App without the testing requirement will also be allowed entry.
Unvaccinated individuals and those with gray status on the Alhosn App, which reflects an expired COVID-19 PCR test, are prohibited from entering public places.
Public spaces have been detailed as the following: shopping centers, restaurants, cafés, and all other retail outlets, including those not within a shopping center, as well as gyms, recreational facilities and sporting activities, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centers, and theme parks. The list also includes universities, institutes, public and private schools, and children’s nurseries in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Vaccination certificate verification
Before departure, visitors need to register in the Register Arrivals section of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) app, complete the register arrivals form and upload an international vaccination certificate. Visitors will then receive an SMS, including a link to download the Alhosn App.
Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, visitors will receive a Unified Identification Number (UID) either at the airport or via the ICA app or website. Visitors will then need to download and register on the Alhosn App using the UID and phone number used for ICA registration or when taking a COVID-19 PCR test in the UAE.
Visitors will receive a one-time password (OTP) to complete the Alhosn App registration process. The Alhosn App allows users to check status, vaccination information, test results and travel test requirements, and use a live QR code.
These tests and processes are a legal requirement and those failing to follow this process are liable for fines.