Updated Travel Requirements to Dubai

August 31, 2021by Brenda

August 2021

Emirates is pleased to advise that with immediate effect the below travel protocols for entering Dubai have been revised and implemented.

Holders of all types of visas, those being: employment visas, newly issued residence visa, short stay/long stay visa, visit visa, visa on arrival (except holders of residence visa traveling from below mentioned countries), do not require pre-approval (GDRFA or ICA) when entering UAE.

Tourists travelling to, from, and through Dubai

Follow the process detailed on our website to make sure your passengers have everything they need before travelling to, from, or connecting through Dubai. To view the latest information on this process please refer to our up to date content by clicking here.

Dubai residence visa holders travelling to Dubai

All UAE residents can now travel to Dubai without GDRFA or ICA approval except when travelling from the following countries:
Sri Lanka
South Africa

Requirements for passengers from these countries:

UAE Residence Visa holders must have GDRFA or ICA approval to enter the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This does not apply to passengers who have other visas, such as newly issued residence or employment visas, short stay or long stay visa, visit visa or visa on arrival.

Passengers arriving from the countries above must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected at an approved health facility.

Passengers must also present a Rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.

Passengers travelling from other countries must have a negative COVID 19 RT PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

Passengers travelling to Dubai as their final destination from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam, Zambia and Indonesia will not be accepted for travel without completing the COVID 19 testing requirements.

PCR Test Exemptions:
To view the list of those passenger exempt from having a PCR test, please click here for the latest information.

Transit Passengers
All transit passengers must complete all the requirements of their final destination.
All passengers travelling from the above countries are required to present a COVID 19 PCR test certificate valid 72 hours and any requirement as mandated by their final destination.

For complete details please visit the Emirates Air website.

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