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Dubai exempts pre-flight Covid-19 test for passengers from GCC nations

08 December 2020

In its latest travel update, Dubai has once more updated rules for travellers during the pandemic, exempting all arrivals from GCC countries from undergoing the mandatory pre-flight Covid-19 test.

The Dubai Airports, in its latest travel update, received from the Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, announced that effective 6th December, all passengers arriving from GCC nations are not required to undergo PCR test prior to arrival at the Dubai International Airport or Al Maktoum International Airport.

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The travel update, however, added that these passengers will have to under the PCR test upon arrival.

Thereafter, both Emirates and Fly Dubai updated their websites regarding the same.

The travel update posted on the Emirates Airline website said that all passengers entering Dubai from the GCC nations are not required to undergo Covid-19 PCR test prior to departure. However, it said “you can opt to do the test on arrival at the Dubai International Airport.”

However, the airline clarified that this would not be applicable to passengers arriving via road, through Hatta border, and they should take up the PCR test 96 hours prior to date of departure.

Having said this, the option of taking up the test 96 hours prior to departure in their country of origin is still open to all passengers, it said.

Meanwhile, the Fly Dubai website posted that in case you are a resident of the UAE, or a visitor or tourist, visiting Dubai, and if your journey originates from a GCC country, you only need to get the PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.

The FlyDubai website also said that those taking up the Covid-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai will have to remain in quarantine until they receive their test results.

You will also need to download the Covid-19 DXB Smart App (from Apple App Store or from Google Play Store) and register with the Dubai Health Authority prior to arrival in Dubai. If you test positive for Covid-19, you must quarantine for 14 day,” it added.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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