Data Last Updated: December 28, 2020
Effective August 1, 2020, all citizens, residents, tourists, and transit passengers are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 certificate before arriving into Dubai (DXB) airport. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours prior to departure.
Another test will be administered for passengers entering Dubai/U.A.E. via Dubai (DXB) airport and they are advised to quarantine until the test result is available (usually in less than 24 hours).
To enter the emirate/city of Abu Dhabi, another PCR test and mandatory 14 day quarantine period must be undertaken. Passengers departing Dubai (DXB) airport, must also present a PCR test prior to departure as per Emirates airlines.
As of December 24, Abu Dhabi has already reopened its borders for tourism, allowing visitors from the "green list" of countries to enter with no need to quarantine. However, all passengers must undergo a PCR test no longer than 96 hours before departure and show proof of a negative result. Those countries not included on the "green list" can still enter Abu Dhabi, as long as they qualify for a visa on arrival and agree to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Movement restrictions within Dubai have eased. However, to enter Abu Dhabi, individuals must present a COVID test conducted in the last 48 hours from an approved facility or schedule an appointment for a laser blood test. These regulations may change.
Social-distancing guidelines, requiring people to keep a two-metre distance from others outside homes, must be followed at all times, and masks remain mandatory outdoors.
Restaurants and bars are open under capacity and social distancing limitations and all non-essential businesses and attractions have re-opened.
The UAE Attorney General announced that individuals failing to follow rules and regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19 will face additional fines varying from 1000-100,000 Emirati dirhams.
Wearing masks in the UAE is mandatory for all in public places, public transportation or commercial centers, when walking outside in high-density public areas and in private transportation.
Airlines & Transport
All passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight. We recommend you bring a printed certificate, but digital ones are accepted in Dubai. It must be an official certificate - SMS confirmation messages are not accepted. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability.
Emirates Airlines is flying from 40 countries to Dubai and is actively looking to expand these routes as demand increases over the next few weeks.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
Dubai has remained open for tourism since July 2020. Known for its glitzy skyscrapers, balmy beaches, and high-end malls, Dubai is one of the first cities in the Middle East that have restarted tourism in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the local government has imposed several travel restrictions for tourists to follow.
Recently, the UAE authorities have announced that they will now start accepting applications for tourist visas. This comes a month before the Dubai Expo 2020 will start, which is on October 1, 2021. Tickets for this prestigious event are now on sale worldwide. The event will feature pavilions from around the world showcasing architectural and technological innovations. This was scheduled to open last year but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you're planning to travel to Dubai soon, here's what you need to know.
Protocols For Tourists Visiting Dubai
All passengers entering Dubai as tourists will need to have a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate. The test should be performed no more than 72 hours before departure and it must be taken through a Reverse transcription-polymerase Chain Reaction (RT‑PCR). Other test certificates, such as NHS Covid Test Certificates, antibody tests, rapid PCR tests, and home testing kits are not accepted for entry into Dubai.
All travelers are required to carry an official, digital, or printed certificate in the English or Arabic language. This will be checked before check-in. SMS certificates will not be accepted. PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable only if they can be validated at the originating station. Digital COVID‑19 certificates are accepted upon arrival at Dubai International airport verification points.
The COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificates should be issued by an authorized facility in the traveler's country of origin. Those certificates that have already been presented for travel to another destination cannot be used for re‑entry even if they are still within the validity period.
Travelers who came from high-risk countries, such as Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Indonesia will be required to have a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code. This certificate should be issued within 48 hours from the time the sample was taken.
Passengers coming from high-risk countries will also be required to have a rapid PCR test report with a QR code. The test must be conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure for Dubai. Because of this, passengers flying to Dubai coming from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Zambia, and Indonesia are currently not allowed into the UAE since there are no rapid PCR testing facilities at the airports of these countries.
Test On Arrival
Some passengers will be required to undergo another COVID‑19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai. These are passengers who came from the following countries:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Ivory Coast
- South Africa
- South Sudan
Starting September 4, 2021, all passengers arriving from Austria, Maldives, and Oman will no longer need to undergo a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
Protocols For Tourists Entering Abu Dhabi
Take note that there will be different rules for tourists entering Abu Dhabi.
Vaccinated tourists who came from green list destinations are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. They will no longer need to quarantine upon entry but they will be tested for the COVID‑19 PCR test on the sixth day.
Unvaccinated tourists entering Abu Dhabi from green list countries will have to undergo a COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival without the need to quarantine. But they will have to take COVID‑19 PCR tests on Days 6 and 9.
Here's a list of countries on Abu Dhabi's green list.
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong (SAR)
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Taiwan, Province of China
Tourists arriving from high-risk countries will have to be tested for the COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival, undergo mandatory quarantine for seven days, and undergo another COVID‑19 PCR test on their sixth day. These protocols apply to all visitors who came from non-green countries, including UAE residents and citizens.
All visitors are required to download the Alhosn App. They must document their testing and quarantine results on this app.
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Information for Non-Tourists
Residents holding Dubai-issued visas are permitted to return to the emirate by pre-booking flights on any airline on the condition that they obtain an approval coordinated between the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA Dubai) and the airline.
Residents must fill a ‘Health Declaration Form’ before embarking on their journey to confirm they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. The airline has the right to refuse boarding if passengers display any symptoms of COVID-19.
Starting October 5, citizens arriving in Dubai are no longer required to take a PCR test for the coronavirus before leaving the place they are coming from and are only required to take the test on arrival in Dubai.
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