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 UAE residents and visitors arriving in Dubai

  • Passengers with any type of visa and/or entry permission granted by the appropriate authority in the United Arab Emirates who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam or Zambia in the last 14 days will be allowed to travel to Dubai subject to meeting the following entry requirements:
    • passengers who are UAE resident visa holders must have an approval with QR code granted by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) or an approval granted by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to return to the UAE;
    • passengers must be able to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (displaying a QR code) in English or Arabic from a test taken in the country of departure by an approved health service no more than 48 hours prior to the departure of their inbound flight to Dubai;
    • passengers must undergo a rapid PCR test (based on molecular diagnostic testing intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS-COV-2 viral RNA) at the departure airport within 6 hours of boarding the aircraft and the test report must display a QR code (passengers travelling from Ethiopia must report to check-in 7 hours prior to the departure of their flight and carry ETB 1,200 to pay for the rapid PCR test);
    • passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

  • Passengers departing from any of the countries listed above via one of these restricted countries must undergo a rapid PCR test at the transit point within 6 hours of the departure of the inbound flight to Dubai or at the originating point within 6 hours of departure if they don’t enter the transit point.

    Passengers departing from a country not listed above via a restricted country must undergo a rapid PCR test at the transit point within 6 hours of the departure of the inbound flight to Dubai (unless they don’t enter the transit point).

    Passengers who are unable to meet all of the entry requirements above must complete 14 days in a non-restricted country before travelling to Dubai.

    Please note that children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing. Moderate to severe disabilities include neurological disorders, as well as intellectual or developmental disabilities, for example, acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Bell’s Palsy, brain tumour, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy and seizures. All other passengers (including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged) must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test result as per the requirements.

  • Passengers arriving in Dubai from Egypt, Lebanon or Sudan must be able to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Arabic from a test taken at a certified lab (in the country from which they are travelling) no more than 72 hours prior to the departure of their inbound flight to Dubai. The test result MUST display a QR code.

  • If you are a UAE resident or visitor arriving in Dubai, regardless of where your journey originated, you must be able to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (from a test taken in the country of departure no more than 72 hours prior to the departure of your inbound flight to Dubai). Arriving passengers from the following countries will also be required to undergo an additional PCR test when landing in Dubai: Angola, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe.

  • 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.

    This exemption from the requirement to be PCR-tested before arriving in Dubai is also extended to the following categories of passenger:
    • inbound passengers accompanying the first-degree relative of a UAE national;
    • domestic workers being accompanied by a UAE national sponsor.
    These exempted passengers must be travelling on the same flight as the relative or sponsor.

  • If you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 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 request for a COVID-19 PCR test, click here. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing. Moderate to severe disabilities include neurological disorders, as well as intellectual or developmental disabilities, for example, acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Bell’s Palsy, brain tumour, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy and seizures. All other passengers (including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged) must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test result as per the requirements.

  • Please note that PCR certificates must be issued in the country of departure. Passengers are not permitted to return to Dubai with a PCR certificate issued in the UAE.

  • 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.

  • Please note that even if you are not required to take a second PCR test on arrival in Dubai, you may be selected at random to take another test. If you are selected at random to take a second test on arrival in Dubai, you will need to download the COVID19 - DXB Smart App and quarantine until you receive your results.

  • All passengers arriving in Dubai need to comply with precautionary COVID-19 measures, including wearing a mask, observing social distancing and washing 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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Requirements for UAE resident visa holders

  • The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has extended the expiry date of Dubai-issued UAE resident visas for nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, EthiopiaIndia, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia who are stranded outside of the UAE. The expiry date has been extended to 10 November 2021. This applies to Dubai-issued UAE resident visas which have expired or will expire between 20 April 2021 and 09 November 2021 inclusive. The expiry date will not be extended for UAE residents with Dubai-issued visas who have stayed outside of the UAE for more than 6 months if they left before 20 October 2020. The status of Dubai-issued resident visas can be checked at https://amer.gdrfad.gov.ae/visa-inquiry

  • If you hold a valid residence visa issued by an emirate other than Dubai, 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.

  • Please note that if you hold a UAE residence visa, you must not stay outside of the country for more than 180 days.

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Procedures for passengers transiting in Dubai

  • If you are transiting in Dubai and your journey originated in any country not listed below, 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.

  • If you are transiting in Dubai and your journey originated in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uganda, Vietnam or Zambia, you must:
    • obtain the necessary entry permission/approval from the country which is their final destination;
    • be able to present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result (displaying a QR code) in English or Arabic from a test taken in the country of departure by an approved health service no more than 72 hours prior to the departure of their inbound flight to Dubai.

  • If you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 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 request for a COVID-19 PCR test, click here. Children under the age of 12 and passengers with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from testing. Moderate to severe disabilities include neurological disorders, as well as intellectual or developmental disabilities, for example, acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Bell’s Palsy, brain tumour, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy and seizures. All other passengers (including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically challenged) must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR test result as per the requirements.

  • Please note that PCR certificates must be issued in the country of departure. Passengers are not permitted to return to Dubai with a PCR certificate issued in the UAE.

  • 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.

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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