Flying to Dubai? Take a Look at The UAE’s Newest Covid-19 Regulations
You need a break, we need a break, everyone needs a break, and to be honest, only a trip to Dubai can do it for us. In Dubai, the city that doesn’t sleep, there is no way you will get bored.
However, before you proceed to plan for your trip, you should -for sure- take a look at the UAE’s most recent travel regulations. With widely available testing and more access to Covid-19 vaccines, travel restrictions are loosening but still rapidly changing, nonetheless. This blog will help you understand all the entry requirements for international travellers at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and how to make it smoothly without running into too much trouble.
Is being vaccinated a requirement to travel to the UAE?
Up to this point, no country has yet announced a mandatory vaccination requirement, but some countries may start doing so as the vaccine becomes more accessible.
Similarly, in the case of the UAE, there are many requirements for international travellers to abide by. Still, they do not have to be fully vaccinated to enter the country yet.
Prior to departure
All passengers arriving in Dubai must hold a negative PCR test certificate taken either 72 or 48 hours before departure, depending on where you’re coming from. The certificate must be printed in English or Arabic, clearly showing the date and time of the test. No handwritten or digital certificates are accepted.
Passengers coming from select destinations or showing symptoms of covid-19 upon arrival must take another PCR test at the airport.
Passengers travelling from/ transiting through some countries like Nigeria, South Africa, and Brazil has specific entrance requirements. For detailed travel requirements by destination, check out this webpage.
If you’re transiting through Dubai, you still need a negative PCR test certificate as well as any requirements mandated by your final destination.
The UAE government exempts UAE nationals, children under 12, and passengers with moderate or severe disabilities from taking the PCR test. For more information on specific test exemptions, check out the requirements per your country before you travel.
Dubai is ready and open to welcome all visitors, and you just need to make sure that you are entirely aware of the procedures to keep you safe and get you to your destination! Have a safe trip 😉