Travelling to Dubai - rules as of 30 August 2021
Rules for Dubai residence visa holders
All UAE residents can travel to Dubai without an approval from GDRFA or ICA. However, residents travelling from the following countries will need an approval:
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa
- Approval is not needed for those who got a newly issued residence or employment visa.
- Passengers arriving from the countries mentioned above must present a printed negative result of a COVID‑19 PCR test issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected at an approved health facility (PDF, 100 KB). The certificate must contain a QR code.
- They must also present a negative result (with a QR code) of a rapid PCR test conducted at the departure airport within six hours before departure.
- Passengers travelling from other countries must present a printed negative result of a COVID‑19 RT PCR test done no more than 72 hours before departure.
- 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.
Exemptions for the COVID‑19 PCR test
The following people are exempt from getting a COVID-19 test at the departure airport, but have to undergo a test on arrival in Dubai:
- all UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country
- non‑UAE nationals accompanying a first‑degree UAE national family member
- domestic workers accompanying a UAE national sponsor
- children below 12 years old
- passengers with moderate to severe disabilities.
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:
Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Indonesia.
All other transit passengers are not required to present this certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination.
Mandatory test on arrival (residents and tourists)
All passengers (residents and tourists) arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai’s airports:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Austria, 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, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.
- You must remain in your residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the guidelines of Dubai Health Authority.
- You must also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App available on iOS and Android.
Refer to further rules for tourists arriving in Dubai.
Information sourced from the website of Emirates Airline.
Find out quarantine guidelines for travellers to Dubai.