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Updated 29 April 2022

Gradually returning to normalcy, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), has eased Covid-19 protocols, scrapping the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated arrivals into the country.

Dubai has also eased its Covid-19 precautionary measures across its borders, following the announcement of the NCEMA. Here are the latest PCR test entry requirements in Dubai that you should be aware of.

Dubai lifts PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated arrivals

In line with the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority’s (NCEMA) announcement to scrap the PCR testing requirement for fully vaccinated arrivals in the UAE, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai has also scrapped the PCR testing requirement for fully vaccinated arrivals in the Emirate.

Additionally, the authorities have also eased most of the COVID-19 precautionary measures in the Emirate.

PCR testing requirements in Dubai

Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries (GCC included) must fulfil any one of the requirements given below:

  • Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code
  • Unvaccinated arrivals must present a valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and issued by an approved health service provider with a QR code, or
  • Present a valid medical certificate with a QR code issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from COVID‑19 within one month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival

If requested, passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai and self-quarantine until they receive a negative result. Passengers who test positive for COVID‑19 will be required to follow the guidelines issued by the Dubai Health Authority.

Please note that printed or digital PCR test certificates or vaccination certificates are accepted in English or Arabic and must include a QR code. However, SMS certificates are not accepted.

Additionally, the COVID‑19 PCR test or vaccination certificates in other languages are acceptable if they can be validated at the departure point. COVID‑19 vaccination certificates without a QR code can be accepted for travel to Dubai as long as the vaccination certificate is issued by test centres or organizations recognized and approved by the national health authorities of the country.

 

Exemptions

  • UAE nationals arriving from all countries in Dubai are not required to present any PCR or vaccination certificate.
  • An exemption from this requirement is also extended to the below categories of passengers travelling to Dubai from all destinations:
    • First degree relatives of a UAE national travelling on the same flight
    • Domestic workers travelling with a UAE national sponsor
  • Children below 12 years old.
  • Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities:
    • Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities. For example,  Acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Ataxia, Autism spectrum, Bell’s palsy, Brain tumours, 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 RT PCR test certificate as per the requirements.
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