Dubai’s latest entry policy:

  1. According to the official website of the UAE government:
  2. Rules for Dubai Residence Visa Holders, Visitors and Tourists All UAE residents, visitors and tourists are allowed to travel to Dubai without GDRFA or ICP approval. However, if visitors and tourists are not eligible for a visa on arrival, visa requirements must be met prior to travel. For details on visa requirements for entering the UAE, please visit the official website of the UAE government
  3. Requirements: Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries including Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) must meet one of the following requirements at the departure airport:

a. Present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate indicating that the passenger has been fully vaccinated against World Health Organization (WHO) or UAE-approved vaccines. The certificate must contain a QR code, please prepare relevant certificates in English (paper version). Note: For details on vaccine specific policies, please visit the official website of the UAE government -covid-19-in-the-uae view.

b. Present a valid COVID-19 negative test certificate based on molecular diagnostic tests designed to qualitatively detect RNA nucleic acid of SARS-COV-2 virus. This certificate must be issued within 48 hours of the sample collection by an approved health service provider and must include a QR code, please prepare the relevant certificate in English (paper version).

c. Present a valid medical certificate issued by the relevant authorities certifying that the passenger has recovered from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 issued within one month before the date of arrival. The certificate must contain a QR code, please prepare relevant certificates in English (paper version).

  1. If requested, passengers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival in Dubai and self-isolate until a negative result is received. If a passenger tests positive, he/she should follow the guidelines issued by the Dubai Health Authority. (For details, visit the Dubai Health Authority website
  2. Passengers must also download the COVID19 – DXB Smart App for iOS and Android.
  3. If the traveler is from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh or Egypt, you must obtain your certificate from one of the laboratories listed in the designated laboratories. (For details of the designated laboratories, please visit the website:
  4. Exemption from COVID-19 PCR testing

a. All UAE nationals returning to Dubai from any country

b. Non-UAE nationals accompanying first-level UAE national family members

c. Domestic helpers accompanying the UAE national sponsor.

The following people are exempt from testing for COVID-19:

a. Children under the age of 12

b. Passengers with moderate to severe disabilities. Note: a. Moderate or severe disability includes neurological disease and intellectual or developmental disability. For example: acute spinal cord injury, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), ataxia, autism spectrum, Bell palsy, brain tumor, brain aneurysm, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy and Seizures. b. All other passengers, including visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically impaired passengers, must hold a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate as required, please prepare relevant certificates in English (paper version).

c. Your country of origin and final destination may have specific test exemptions. Please check before travelling (see Emirates website: for enquiries).

  1. Other immigration policies For specific policy details on transit through Dubai, to Abu Dhabi, transit in Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi to other emirates, please visit the official website of the UAE government and-services/justice-safety-and-the-law/handling-the-covid-19-outbreak/travelling-amid-covid-19/travelling-to-the-uae view.