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 tourists and visitors arriving in Dubai

  • If you are a tourist or visitor arriving in Dubai, and your journey originated in one of the following countries, you will be required to take two COVID-19 PCR tests (one no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai and the second on arrival in Dubai): Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, 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, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • If you are a tourist or visitor arriving in Dubai, and your journey originated in any country not listed above, you must be able to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (from a test taken no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai). However, if your journey originated in the UK or Germany, you have the option of taking a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are a tourist or visitor arriving in Dubai, and your journey originated in a GCC country, you have the option of presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (from a test taken no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai) or taking a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai, you must be able to present a printed copy of the negative result in English or Arabic to be accepted for travel. Soft copies on mobile phones and handwritten test results will not be accepted. The test must be taken at a UAE government approved laboratory or one of the laboratories listed here. To book COVID-19 PCR test, please click here. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing.
  • Please note that 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.
  • If you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai, you will need to quarantine until you receive your results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days. You will also 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.
  • 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.
  • All passengers departing from Dubai need to follow transit and final destination requirements. Please check travel requirements by country here.

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Procedures for UAE residents arriving in Dubai

  • If you hold a valid 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. You can check the validity of your visa at https://amer.gdrfad.gov.ae/visa-inquiry.
  • If you hold a valid 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 you do not confirm your entry/re-entry to the UAE, you will not be accepted for travel. You can check the validity of your visa at https://smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/default.html#/fileValidity.
  • 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 and was extended until 31 December 2020, you will not be allowed to enter the UAE. You must apply for a new visa.
  • 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 until 31 March 2021.
  • If you are a UAE resident arriving in Dubai, and your journey originated in one of the following countries, you will be required to take two COVID-19 PCR tests (one no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai and the second on arrival in Dubai): Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, 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, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • If you are a UAE resident arriving in Dubai, and your journey originated in any country not listed above, you have the option of presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (from a test taken no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai) or taking a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
  • If you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai, you must be able to present a printed copy of the negative result in English or Arabic to be accepted for travel. Soft copies on mobile phones and handwritten test results will not be accepted. The test must be taken at a UAE government approved laboratory or one of the laboratories listed here. To book COVID-19 PCR test, please click here. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing.
  • Please note that 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.
  • If you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai, you will need to quarantine until you receive your results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days. You will also 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.
  • 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 departing from Dubai need to follow transit and final destination requirements. Please check travel requirements by country here

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Procedures for passengers transiting in Dubai

  • If you are transiting in Dubai, unless mandated by your final destination, you are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai. 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.

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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