July 24, 2021 12:46 am

Rules for entering Dubai changed after COVID-19

UAE residents, GCC citizens, and visitors are required to do a PCR test before departure for Dubai irrespective of the country they are coming from. These amendments to travel protocols are taking effect from Sunday, January 31 to ensure the safety of travelers.

Arrivals from certain countries, require an additional test on arrival in Dubai. The Committee also reduced the validity period of required pre-travel PCR tests from 96 hours(4 days) to 72 hours (3 days). There are some exceptions however UAE citizens returning to the country from overseas,

will be exempt from undergoing PCR test before departure, regardless of the country they are coming from. They will only be required to conduct a PCR test on arrival in Dubai. Tests at Dubai Airports for departure Dubai Airports Company has to provide RapidPCR or Rapid Antigen testing at the airports, in co-operation with relevant authorities, to facilitate travel procedures for passengers departing from Dubai to countries that require this type of pre-travel test, by the time-frame specified.

On-arrival test results and quarantine visitors and residents arriving in Dubai can download the Al Hosn app to be updated about their on-arrival COVID-19 tests. It is required that passengers should quarantine themselves until the test result comes in and is negative. In case of a positive result, the person should go into self-quarantine and home solation for 10 days, whether symptomatic or not.

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