Latest Covid-19 Update for Travelers

Dubai Airports continues to support the increase in scheduled passenger flights for approved airlines to and from Dubai International (DXB). On June 23, 2020 UAE airspace was officially re-opened by the authorities and travel to Dubai for tourism was permitted from July 7, 2020.

Anyone planning to travel to or from Dubai International (DXB) must be fully aware of specific requirements that may be in place for travel. For further information, passengers are strongly advised to contact their airline of choice prior to travel.

UAE Nationals arriving into DXB

- UAE nationals are  not required to carry out a COVID-19 PCR test before travelling to DXB. 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.

UAE Residents arriving into DXB

- UAE residents are advised to check with their airline for specific details relevant to their country of departure.

- When travelling from selected countries *, UAE residents will be required to take two COVID-19 PCR test. The first  before arriving into DXBno more than 96hrs before scheduled flight departure time, at an officially recognised testing centre. The second upon arrival at DXB.

- 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 Handwritten certificates will not be accepted.

- For those residents travelling from all other countries *, a COVID-19 PCR test is optional before travelling to Dubai. If the traveller is not in possession of a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, a test will be carried out at DXB on arrival.

- All Dubai residents must get approvals from General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)  before returning to DXB.

- Resident visa holders from other Emirates must get approvals from ICA  before returning to DXB.

- On arrival at DXB, UAE residents must download and register on the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.

- Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are  exempt from PCR test requirements.

Tourists arriving into DXB

Travel to Dubai for tourism was permitted from July 7, 2020 and the city is now welcoming tourists from around the world once again. Guidelines for travel are as follows:

Before travel, tourists must check with their airline for specific details relevant to their country of departure.

All tourists must carry out a COVID-19 PCR test beforearriving into DXBno more than 96hrs before scheduled flight departure time, at an officially recognised testing centre.

Tourists arriving from the UK and Germany, a COVID-19 PCR test before travelling to Dubai is optional.

Tourists arriving from selected countries will also be subject to 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.

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.

- When travelling from selected countries*, transit passengers must carry out a COVID-19 PCR test beforearriving into DXBno more than 96hrs before scheduled flight departure time, at an officially recognised testing centre. They will also be subject to 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 No handwritten certificates will be permitted.

- Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR test requirements.

UAEResidents departing DXB

- UAE Residents departing from DXB are advised to follow the requirements of their final destination, as some may require an additional negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be presented before leaving DXB.

Tourists departing DXB

- Tourists departing from DXB are advised to follow the requirements of their final destination, as some may require an additional negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be presented before leaving DXB.

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

For information on the list of selected countries requiring additional PCR Testing, please contact your airline before travel.

Dubai visa holder requirements

All Dubai resident visa holders who are flying back to DXB must still apply for and receive approval from the UAE’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) prior to travel by accessing the following web address:

https://smart.gdrfad.gov.ae/Smart_OTCServicesPortal/ReturnPermitService.aspx

Residence Visa from other Emirates

Those holding residence visas from Emirates other than Dubai must apply for and receive approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship’s (ICA) online system:

https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/guest/index.html#/residents-entry-confirmation

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.

 

We continue to urge you to stay safe.

Dubai Airports