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Procedures for international tourists arriving to Dubai Overseas

Travel to Dubai requirements

  • Fulfil entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
  • Ensure you have medical travel insurance before traveling, in the event you do not have international coverage. Sign a declaration to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure to ensure the passenger has no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Tourists required to register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app

Procedures from departure destination

Tourists must take a PCR test up to four days (prior to their date of travel (maximum 96 hours

  • Take a PCR test before traveling, or if this hasn’t been done, a PCR test is carried out upon arrival at Dubai airports.
  • Complete Health Declaration Form before departing.
  • Airlines have the right to deny travelers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.

Procedures upon arrival at Dubai airports

In the event the tourist is not carrying a valid PCR test result, a test is carried out at Dubai airports

  • All arrival passengers have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.
  • Tourists who do not carry a valid PCR test result take the test upon arrival
  • The PCR test can be repeated for tourists who had tested negative before departing but display COVID-19 symptoms

Procedures for leaving Dubai airports

  • Tourists required to download the COVID-19 DXB app
  • 14-day quarantine imposed for all positive COVID-19 cases
  • Compliance with all precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining 2m social distance and washing hands regularly)

For tourists testing positive for COVID-19

  • Strict compliance with the procedures set out for positive cases by the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre, including institutional quarantine, home quarantine or hospitalisation
Frequently Asked Questions

When will Dubai be open for tourists?

Tourists and visitors were welcomed back to Dubai from 7 July 2020, according to Dubai airports’ official flight schedules and subject to airports being operational at their departure destinations. Please also check your country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips.

What are the international travel requirements when travelling to Dubai?

The following requirements are necessary when travelling to Dubai:

  • From 1 August all tourists, residents, citizens and transit passengers must present a valid negative PCR test. Negative COVID-19 certificates will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time of the PCR test.
  • Tourists may test at any lab accredited by their health authority in their country and are not required to translate the test. Travellers are advised to check their country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips, as well as the carrier requirements.
  • Fulfil entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
  • Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage before travelling.
  • If you are travelling with Emirates, the airline will provide free global cover for COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs, please see the following link for further details: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid19-cover
  • Complete the Health Declaration Form before departure to ensure the passenger has no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Please check with your airline carrier if you are arriving in Dubai from a destination that will require a second test on arrival.
  • Tourists are required to register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app https://apps.apple.com/app/covid19-dxb-smart-app/id1504818399

What are the procedures from my departure destination?

  • From 1 August all tourists, residents, citizens and transit passengers must present a valid negative PCR test. Negative COVID-19 certificates will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time of the PCR test.
  • Please check your country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips.
  • Complete Health Declaration Form before departing.
Note: Airlines have the right to deny travellers if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.

What are the procedures upon arrival at Dubai Airports?

  • From 1 August all tourists, residents, citizens and transit passengers must present a valid negative PCR test. Negative COVID-19 certificates will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time of the PCR test.
  • Please check with your airline carrier if you are arriving in Dubai from a destination that will require a second test on arrival.
  • Should any traveller show COVID-19 symptoms on arrival a second test will be required at the airport.
  • All arrival passengers have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.

What are the procedures for exiting Dubai Airports?

  • Tourists are required to download the COVID-19 DXB app https://apps.apple.com/app/covid19-dxb-smart-app/id1504818399
  • A 14-day quarantine is imposed for all tourists who show symptoms on arrival and are re-tested and show a positive COVID-19 result.
  • The traveller will bear the cost of treatment and isolation unless their carrier is Emirates; all passengers will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19 related costs when they travel to and from the UAE and around the world free of charge through to 31st October, please see the following link for further details and terms and conditions https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid19-cover
  • Compliance with all precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining 2m social distance and washing hands regularly)

Do I need a COVID-19 test when travelling to Dubai?

  • From 1 August all tourists, residents, citizens and transit passengers must present a valid negative PCR test. Negative COVID-19 certificates will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time of the PCR test.
  • Tourists are not required to translate the test result.

What Dubai is doing to keep you safe

Dubai is fully committed to following all guidelines and measures to ensure your family's health remains our top piority. From the moment you arrive at the airport to when you check into your hotel, whether you take your family shopping, treat them to the thrills of a waterpark or relaxing day at the beach, we've ensured your wellbeing is safeguarded every step of the way.

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More information

For more information, please be sure to check the following sources prior to undertaking any travel:

  • Dubai Airport website for flight schedules
  • Your airline provider for flight status updates – for Emirates Airlines, please check here for travel updates or here for support and guidance
  • Please check your visa requirements here
  • Your country’s travel advisory for latest guidance on outbound trips

For precautionary measures to keep you and those around you safe, visit the following websites or Twitter handles:

For more information about the measures that are taken in Dubai, please check the following sources:

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