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Dubai is ready and open to welcome all visitors. Find out all the procedures to keep you safe.

Requirements for tourists
Arriving in Dubai

Before you travel 

Please check the following before you undergo any travel to Dubai:

1. Ensure you meet entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. You can check if you need a visa here

2. As of 26 February 2022, all passengers arriving to Dubai from any point of origin (including GCC countries) must fulfil one of three requirements: (i) hold a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code proving they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the UAE (ii) hold a negative PCR test with a QR code, issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection to the flight time by an approved health service provider (iii) hold a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by relevant authorities that shows they have recovered from COVID‑19 within a month prior to the date of arrival. For further details, please visit: Dubai Airports | Emirates.

3. All certificates must be printed in English or Arabic; certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station (the date and time of the test must be detailed). The printed certificate must have a valid QR code. No hand written, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted.

4. You may be required to take a PCR test at Dubai Airports on arrival, and self quarantine until you receive a negative result. Passengers who test positive must follow guidelines issued by the Dubai Health Authority. All travellers must check the country requirements from which they are departing.

5. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with a severe or moderate disability are exempt from the PCR test.

6. Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling. 

From your destination

1. Get your vaccine certificate with a QR code ready, showing that you are fully vaccinated – it must be a vaccine approved by the WHO or the UAE. If you are not fully vaccinated, (i) take a PCR test and get a valid negative COVID‑19 certificate and QR code, issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection to the flight time by an approved health service provider or (ii) get a medical certificate with a QR code issued by relevant authorities, showing that you have recovered from COVID‑19 within 1 month prior to the date of arrival: Dubai Airports | Emirates

2. All certificates must be printed in English or Arabic; certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station (the date and time of the test must be detailed). The printed certificate must have a valid QR code. No hand written, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted. There are designated laboratories where you can take the test. Please check with your airlines before departure. If you are travelling with Emirates, please click here for a list of accredited labs.

3. Please note airlines have the right to deny travellers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.

Arriving at the airport

1. You may be asked to take a COVID-19 PCR test. Passengers who need to get a test done at arrival in Dubai should either wait in their place of residence or hotel until they receive their negative results, which is expected within 24 hours. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with a severe or moderate disability are exempt from the PCR test.

2. Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 must follow the guidelines issued by the Dubai Health Authority.

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