Dubai has opened doors to all tourists after four months of restrictions on international travel, and in order to further contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the passengers are required to follow certain procedures before flying into Dubai.
Here’s the list of latest guidelines to be followed by passengers travelling to Dubai, as updated by Emirates Airlines.
- Beginning 1st August all passengers entering Dubai, including those taking connecting flights in Dubai, will have to submit a negative Covid-19 test certificate. The test should be done a maximum of 96 hours prior to departure. The test, however, exempts children under age of 12 and passengers with moderate or severe disability.
- A travel insurance with a Covid-19 cover is mandatory. Else, a declaration to bear the cost of treatment and isolation is necessary, if you don’t have an insurance prior to travel.
- If the UAE has specified a designated laboratory in your country of origin for carrying out the test, then you are required to obtain the test certificate from that lab. A printed test certificate is mandatory, and a digital version on the phone will not be accepted.
- A negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate is mandatory if your country of origin falls under any of the destinations listed below. This rule is also applicable to those travelling from these countries to other destinations and have taken an Emirates flight to Dubai.
This mandatory test prior to travel is applicable to: Afghanistan, Armenia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Serbia, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and USA (Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight from any airport worldwide to Dubai).
- For passengers from countries other than the ones mentioned above, a Covid-19 PCR test can also be done on arrival in Dubai, if you haven’t taken a test in your home country.
- If taking a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival, you will have to self-isolate until you receive your test result. If the result is negative, you can move out of the hotel and enjoy your trip as usual. If the result is positive, you will have to adhere to the advice of Dubai Health Authority, and remain in self-isolation until you test negative.