COVID-19 MEASUREMENT

COVID-19 MEASURES ADOPTED IN DUBAI

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dubai’s national vaccination campaign commenced in December 2020 and is progressing rapidly; for the latest number of doses administered, please click here.
  • The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), alongside other relevant authorities continue to prioritise, monitor and assure the safety and the wellbeing of all travellers to, and residents of Dubai as the utmost priority. Dubai Tourism continues to work diligently under the guidance of the World Health Organization to maintain stringent and rigorous standards of public hygiene and safety of all travellers and residents in Dubai.
  • Dubai was recognised by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and received its Safe Travels stamp for its safety protocols in place.
  • Yes, ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling.
  • Customers purchasing an Emirates airline or FlyDubai ticket from 1 December 2020 benefit from additional multi-risk travel insurance provided by AIG Travel, including coverage for COVID-19 and overseas medical expenses. Please see the following links for more information and a supporting FAQ: Emirates airline | FlyDubai
  • Please check your country’s travel advisory for the latest guidance on outbound trips, as well as your carrier’s requirements.
  • Please fulfil the entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
  • All visitors and residents arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (including GCC countries) must hold a negative PCR test certificate. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to the time of departure.
  • Travellers from certain countries must hold a negative PCR test, taken no more than 48 hours prior to the time of departure. Please see the following links for a list of countries this is applicable for: Dubai Airports Emirates
  • A negative COVID-19 certificate must be presented, printed in English or Arabic. PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station (the test date and time must be included). The printed certificate must have a valid QR code. No handwritten, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted.
  • UAE nationals are exempt from the above, but will be required to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport, unless the country of origin requires a pre-travel test.
  • Travellers may test at any lab accredited by their health authority in their country. If you are travelling with Emirates, please click here for a list of accredited labs.
  • For selected destinations, residents and visitors may be required to take two COVID-19 PCR tests: one before departure, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai. Please click here for a list of destinations where this is applicable.
  • Travellers are required to download and register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app iOS – Android
  • Please ensure you have fulfiled the entry visa requirements to visit the UAE.
  • Should any traveller show COVID-19 symptoms on arrival, a second test will be required at the airport.
  • All arrival passengers will have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.
  • All travellers must comply with the precautionary measures applied in Dubai (wearing masks, maintaining two-metre social distancing and washing hands regularly).
  • No mandatory quarantine will be implemented unless if tourists test positive with COVID-19.
  • Please check carrier and Dubai travel requirements for COVID-19 PCR testing.
  • All tourists and residents arriving into Dubai from any point of origin (including GCC countries) must hold a negative PCR test certificate, for which the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to the time of departure.
    • Travellers from certain countries must hold a negative PCR test, taken no more than 48 hours prior to the time of departure. Please see the following links for a list of countries which this is now applicable for:

Dubai Airport

Emirates

    • Negative COVID-19 certificates must be printed in English or Arabic; PCR certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the originating station (the date and time of the test must be detailed). The printed certificate must have a valid QR code. No handwritten, SMS or digital certificates will be accepted. 
    • UAE nationals are exempt from the above, but will be required to take a PCR test on arrival at Dubai airport, unless the country of origin requires a pre-travel test.
    • Tourists may test at any lab accredited by their health authority in their country. If you are travelling with Emirates, please click here for a list of accredited labs.
    • For selected destinations, residents and tourists may be required to take two COVID-19 PCR tests: one before departure, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai. Please click here for a list of destinations where this is applicable.
  • If the result is positive, compliance with 10-day isolation becomes mandatory.
    • A person who is infected with COVID-19 will remain in isolation (home or facility) for 10 days. The isolation ends after completing the 10 days with improvement in symptoms and no fever for at least three consecutive days, without any fever reduction medication.
    • For more information, please visit this Dubai Health Authority page.
    • For those that are a COVID-19 close contact case, please check this link.
  • Alternative isolation institution includes dedicated hotels and facilities, home or hospitalisation and other potential options based on the patient’s assessment. The 10-day isolation period will be completed while following all necessary precautionary measures and monitoring of symptoms.
  • Travellers departing Dubai Airports will need to do a PCR test only if mandated by the country they are travelling to.
  • A rapid PCR or Rapid Antigen test will be available at the airport to travellers departing from Dubai if their destination country requires it.
  • Travellers are advised to check the travel protocols of their carrier and arrival destination.
  • Responsibilities of travellers:
    • Adhere to all official measures and requirements established by the Dubai Government and other countries before travelling and after returning to Dubai.
    • Disclose any symptoms before travelling by filling in the form provided by airlines.
  • Take precautionary measures and self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Follow the isolation guidelines if you show symptoms on arrival and the result is “positive”.
 
 
 
 
  • Masks are compulsory, as is keeping a two-metre physical distance.
  • You must wear a mask unless exercising, eating or drinking, in a car with your family, or driving alone.
  • Travellers will bear the costs of examination and treatment abroad if they are infected with COVID-19, so they are advised to have international health insurance coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling.
  • Customers purchasing an Emirates airline or FlyDubai ticket from 1 December 2020 benefit from additional multi-risk travel insurance provided by AIG Travel, including cover for COVID-19 and overseas medical expenses. Please see the following links for more information and a supporting FAQ: Emirates airline | FlyDubai
  • Alternative isolation institution includes dedicated hotels and facilities, home or hospitalisation and other potential options based on the patient’s assessment.
    • A person who is infected with COVID-19 will remain in isolation for 10 days. The isolation ends after completing the 10 days with improvement in symptoms and no fever for at least three consecutive days, without any fever reduction medication.
    • For more information, please visit this Dubai Health Authority page.
    • For those that are a COVID-19 close contact case, please check this link.