Resumption of flights to Dubai

We’ve resumed our flights to Dubai and taking all measures necessary to make sure you’re protected when you travel with us.

Passenger procedures for travelling to Dubai have recently changed. Here’s what you need to know depending on whether you’re a visitor travelling to Dubai or a citizen or resident returning to Dubai.

Consider this 5-day itinerary guide to help you maximize your time in Dubai.

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Procedures for visitors travelling to Dubai

Before booking your flight:

  • Check you can meet any visa requirements for the UAE.
  • All passengers travelling to Dubai holding a visit or tourist visa must hold a valid return ticket from their country of origin. Passengers arriving in Dubai without a return ticket will not be permitted entry.
  • Make sure you can obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued in the country from which you are travelling. You must be able to present a printed copy of your negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic at check-in to be accepted for travel. Soft copies on mobile phones and handwritten test results will not be accepted. UAE nationals are not required to take a PCR test before returning to Dubai, regardless of the destination they are coming from and the time spent there. UAE nationals will be tested on arrival in Dubai.
  • All passengers (with the exception of UAE nationals) travelling to Dubai must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing.
  • If the validity period of your test result is different in the country you are departing from or travelling to, you should follow the requirement which is most restrictive.
  • You should get your test result from a UAE government approved laboratory or one of the laboratories listed here (use these laboratories if you are travelling from Pakistan). Without a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic, you will not be accepted for travel.

Before travelling to Dubai:

  • You must print and complete an undertaking form if your journey originates in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, the United States (any port in California, Florida or Texas), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe. By completing and signing this form, you acknowledge that you will download the COVID19 - DXB Smart App, self-quarantine as required and follow measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This form needs to be handed over to the Dubai Health Authority on arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are required to complete and sign an undertaking form because your journey originated in one of the countries listed above, you will need to download the COVID19 - DXB Smart App (from Apple App Store or from Google Play Store) and register with the Dubai Health Authority prior to arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are transiting in Dubai, unless you are travelling from one of the countries listed above, you are not required to hold a negative PCR test result. However, make sure you can meet any transit and final destination entry requirements. You may be required to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result at any point during your journey. In the UAE, we offer passengers PCR testing at special rates in partnership with Aster DM Healthcare and NMC Healthcare.

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Procedures for Dubai residents returning to Dubai

Before booking your flight:

  • If you hold a Dubai-issued residence visa, make sure you can obtain an approval from Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to return to Dubai before booking your flight. Without approval to return to Dubai, you will not be accepted for travel.
  • If you hold a residence visa issued by any other emirate, you will need to confirm your entry/re-entry to the UAE at uaeentry.ica.gov.ae before booking your flight.
  • If your UAE resident visa expired before 01 March 2020, you will not be allowed to enter the UAE. You must apply for a new visa.
  • If your UAE resident visa expired after 01 March 2020, you will be allowed to enter the UAE until 31 December 2020. You will need to have your visa validated within 30 days of entry.
  • If you hold a UAE resident visa and have stayed outside of the country for more than 180 days, you will be allowed to enter the UAE.
  • Make sure you can obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued in the country from which you are returning. You must be able to present a printed copy of your negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic at check-in to be accepted for travel. Soft copies on mobile phones and handwritten test results will not be accepted. UAE nationals are not required to take a PCR test before returning to Dubai, regardless of the destination they are coming from and the time spent there. UAE nationals will be tested on arrival in Dubai.
  • All passengers (with the exception of UAE nationals) travelling to Dubai must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing.
  • If the validity period of your test result is different in the country you are departing from or travelling to, you should follow the requirement which is most restrictive.
  • You should get your test result from a UAE government approved laboratory or one of the laboratories listed here (use these laboratories if you are travelling from Pakistan). Without a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic, you will not be accepted for travel.

Before travelling:

  • You must print and complete an undertaking form if your journey originates in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, the United States (any port in California, Florida or Texas), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe. By completing and signing this form, you acknowledge that you will download the COVID19 - DXB Smart App, self-quarantine as required and follow measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This form needs to be handed over to the Dubai Health Authority on arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are required to complete and sign an undertaking form because your journey originated in one of the countries listed above, you will need to download the COVID19 - DXB Smart App (from Apple App Store or from Google Play Store) and register with the Dubai Health Authority prior to arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are transiting in Dubai, unless you are travelling from one of the countries listed above, you are not required to hold a negative PCR test result. However, make sure you can meet any transit and final destination entry requirements. You may be required to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result at any point during your journey. In the UAE, we offer passengers PCR testing at special rates in partnership with Aster DM Healthcare and NMC Healthcare.

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All passengers arriving in Dubai

  • You must also take a PCR test on arrival in Dubai if your journey originated in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, the United States (any port in California, Florida or Texas), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • If you are required to take a PCR test because your journey originated in one the countries listed above, you will need to quarantine until you receive your results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days.
  • Make sure you have downloaded the COVID19 - DXB Smart App (from Apple App Store or from Google Play Store) and registered with the Dubai Health Authority.

Don’t forget: You will need to comply with all the precautionary COVID-19 measures in place in Dubai, including wearing a mask, observing social distancing and washing your hands regularly.

 
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To know what to expect on your journey with us, please check our page:
COVID-19: Your journey and what you need to know

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