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Flying into Dubai? Here's what you need to know

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on July 24, 2020 | Last updated on July 24, 2020 at 12.02 pm
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Here is the list of guidelines passengers have to adhere to if they are landing at Dubai airport.


Dubai has now opened its doors to all tourists after nearly four months months of restrictions on international travel in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  

According to the latest update by Emirates Airlines, passengers are required to follow certain processes before flying into Dubai.

Beginning August 1, passengers coming to Dubai, including those taking connecting flights in Dubai, must have a negative Covid-19 test certificate. The test has to be done a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The test excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability.

A travel insurance with a Covid-19 cover is mandatory or declare to bear the costs for treatment and isolation if you don't have one before travelling.

If the UAE has specified a designated laboratory in the country of origin, then the traveller must obtain the test certificate from that lab. A printed test certificate is must as a digital version on a phone will not be accepted.

A negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate is a must if you travelling from one of the destinations listed below. This rule also applies to those who have travelled from these points to other destinations and have taken an Emirates flight to Dubai. The mandatory test before travel applies to:

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, Uzbekistan and USA (Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight from any airport worldwide to Dubai).

A Covid-19 PCR test is also available on arrival in Dubai if you haven't taken one in your home country (excluding travellers arriving from the countries above).

If you take a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival, you have to self-isolate until you get your test result. If the test result is negative, you are allowed to leave your hotel and enjoy your trip as normal.  If it's positive, you have to follow the advice of the Dubai Health Authority and remain in self-isolation.

michael@khaleejtimes.com





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