Vaccinated travellers to the UAE are not required to present a negative result of RT-PCR test for COVID-19 at the airport of departure. However, those who are not vaccinated must either present a valid, negative result of an RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours before arrival or a recovery certificate (containing a QR code) from COVID-19 issued within 30 days before departure, if they were infected with the virus.
Text sourced from the website of The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).
Rules for Dubai residence visa holders, visitors and tourists
All UAE residents, visitors and tourists can travel to Dubai without an approval from GDRFA or ICP. However, visitors and tourists have to meet the visa requirements before travel, if they are not eligible for visa on arrival. Check visa requirements to visit the UAE.
Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), must fulfil one of the below requirements at the airport of departure:
If you are arriving from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh or Egypt, you must get your certificate from one of the labs listed in the designated laboratories (PDF, 150 KB) .
Exemptions for the COVID‑19 PCR test and the vaccination certificate
The following people are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate at the departure airport:
The following people are exempt from being tested for COVID-19:
Transiting through Dubai
Information sourced from the website of Emirates Airline.
You do not need a negative result of an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 if:
Additionally, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive in Abu Dhabi.
On the other hand, you must present a negative result of an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 done 48 hours before your flight to Abu Dhabi if:
If you are required to take a PCR test and unable to present proof of your negative COVID-19 PCR test, you will not be permitted to travel.
On arrival at Abu Dhabi
It is no longer mandatory to undergo an RT-PCR test upon arrival in Abu Dhabi. However, one may undergo the test to keep his/her ‘Green Pass’ active on the Al Hosn app in order to get access to public places in Abu Dhabi.
The test costs AED 40. Additionally, passengers do not need to quarantine themselves on arrival.
Find out in this guide everything you need to know before you fly to Abu Dhabi including testing, transit and quarantine information.
Remember that You must be fully vaccinated to enter most public places in Abu Dhabi.
You do not need a COVID-19 test certificate or a vaccination for transiting the UAE, unless your final destination requires it.
Children under 16 are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements to fly to Abu Dhabi neither on arrival nor during transit; unless the same is required for final destination.
Travelling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and other emirates
You can travel to Dubai or any other emirate in the UAE after arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Abu Dhabi accepts pre-arranged visas issued by other emirates in the UAE.
You can travel to Dubai by any means of transport. No test or app is needed to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.
Learn more about travelling to Dubai and other emirates via Abu Dhabi.
Find out quarantine guidelines for travellers to Abu Dhabi.
For further information on travelling to the UAE, visit the following websites: