Rules For Flying To The UAE Change From August 1: Passengers From These 29 Countries To Be Tested Twice


The rules for flying into UAE will change from August 1. All passengers travelling to Dubai or connecting in Dubai must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate. The test must be taken within a maximum of 96 hours before departure and a printed certificate should be presented. A digital version will not be accepted.

Children under the age of 12 or passengers who have a moderate or severe disability will be exempted

The negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate should be from an approved laboratory by the UAE government in your country if travelling to Dubai. Find the list of designated approved laboratories here. This only applies if there is a specified laboratory mentioned for your country in the list.

Without a test certificate, passengers will not be accepted on the flight

From August 1, passengers will also have to take ANOTHER COVID-19 PCR test ON ARRIVAL in Dubai, if they have traveled from any of the listed countries below

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival applies to the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Armenia
  • Brazil
  • Bangladesh
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkmenistan
  • USA – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight from any of our airports worldwide to Dubai.
  • Uzbekistan

If a passenger is going to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, they must self-isolate untill they receive their test result. If the test is negative, they can carry on with their trip as normal, but if the test is positive, they must follow the advice of the Dubai Health Authority and stay in self-isolation

All passengers will have to download the COVID-19 DXB Smart App before you arrive in Dubai.

All information provided is by Emirates Airlines.


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