UAE nationals will not have to undergo a PCR test before boarding their flight to Dubai, the authorities announced. This is applicable to all nationals, irrespective of the country they are coming from, and the time spent there.
However, the Covid-19 test will be done after they land in Dubai, said the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management.
All UAE residents, however, still require a negative PCR test result from their country of origin, and will have to submit it at the check-in desks at the airport.
The rule for transit passengers has changed too. From now on, pre-travel PCR test is mandatory only for passengers from certain countries, and also only in cases where the destination countries require travellers to have a negative result. Earlier, all those who crossed Dubai airports were required to have a negative test result to travel through the emirate.
The results are valid up to 96 hours from the time of PCR test taken. Children below age 12 and those with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from the test requirements.
All Dubai resident visa holders who fly back to the emirate should still apply for and receive approval from UAE’s GDRFA prior to travel.
Some passengers may have to take another PCR test on arrival in Dubai. All passengers including residents, nationals and tourists who depart to the European Union or the UK are required to have a negative test result.