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Latest Covid-19 Update Feb 24, 2021, 12:00 PM

Anyone planning travel to or from Dubai International (DXB) should be fully aware of specific travel regulations and requirements.

For further information, travellers are strongly advised to contact their airline of choice prior to travel.

Tourists

  • Before travel, tourists must check with their airline for specific details relevant to their country of departure.
  • All tourists and GCC citizens must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate from an officially recognised testing centre. Customers travelling from India must hold a negative certificate for a test taken no more than 48 hours before departure [effective from April 22]. Customers travelling from other destinations must hold a negative certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

  • Some travellers may be required to undergo additional testing on arrival.

  • The negative COVID-19 PCR test result must be presented in printed certificate format by the traveller on arrival to DXB. The certificate must be in English or Arabic only. Handwritten certificates will not be accepted.

  • On arrival to DXB, tourists must download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.

  • Some countries require travellers leaving the UAE to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on the return journey. This test must be carried out no more than 72 hours before the scheduled return flight time.
  • Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR test requirements.

     

    UAE Nationals

  • Before travelling to Dubai, UAE nationals are not required to carry out a COVID-19 PCR test. Testing will be carried out on arrival at DXB regardless of their country of departure.
  • On arrival to DXB, UAE Nationals must download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
  • Some countries require travellers leaving the UAE to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on the return journey. This test must be carried out no more than 72 hours before the scheduled return flight time.

     

    UAE Residents

  • UAE residents are advised to check with their airline for specific details relevant to their country of departure and arrival.
  • All UAE residents must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate from an officially recognised testing centre. Customers travelling from India must hold a negative certificate for a test taken no more than 48 hours before departure [effective from April 22]. Customers travelling from other destinations must hold a negative certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Some travellers may be required to undergo additional testing on arrival.The negative COVID-19 PCR test result must be presented in printed certificate format by the traveller on arrival to DXB. The certificate must be in English or Arabic only. Handwritten certificates will not be accepted.
  • All Dubai residents must get approvals from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) before returning to DXB - https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx
  • Resident visa holders from other Emirates must get approvals from ICA before returning to DXB - https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/residents-entry-confirmation
  • On arrival at DXB, UAE residents must download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
  • Some countries require travellers departing from the UAE to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. This test must be carried out no more than 96hrs (72hrs for travel to the UK) before the scheduled return flight time.
  • Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR test requirements.

     

    Transit customers

  • Before travel, transit customers must check with their airline and their final destination for specific requirements around the presentation of negative COVID-19 PCR test certificates.
  • Transiting customers arriving from selected countries are required to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate, for details on these countries customers must check with their airline.

Information on officially approved labs for PCR testing can be found here: 

https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/health-screening-documents/approved-laboratories.pdf

https://screening.purehealth.ae/application

Airport procedures

In order to maintain public safety and physical distancing requirements, all passengers departing from DXB are reminded to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only valid ticket holders will be allowed into the terminal building
  • Arrive at the airport no more than four (4) hours before your scheduled flight time, and no less than two (2) hours.
  • Protective mask must be worn by all travellers.
  • Passengers displaying symptoms are advised to not come to the airport and seek medical advice.

Airport safety measures

Precautionary measures have been implemented throughout the airport to maintain the health and safety of our customers and staff. These measures include hand sanitiser stations around the airport, protective plexiglass at check-in and immigration counters, thermal and temperature screening, social distancing markers and increased levels of cleaning and sanitisation in compliance with international standards set out by the relevant authorities.

Check your terminal before flying

All Emirates airline flights operate from DXB’s Terminal 3.

All other airlines will operate from either Terminal 2 or Terminal 3.

Accordingly, all passengers must consult their ticket/airline to confirm terminal of operation at all times before coming to the airport.

Dubai Airports continues to be fully committed to supporting the measures being taken to ensure the health and safety of our valued customers, our community and our employees.

We continue to urge you to stay safe.

Dubai Airports

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