Dubai entry conditions

Dubai is open to everybody!



The restrictions for entry into the UAE and Dubai have been relaxed in recent days (end-August).

As a result, passengers from all countries are now able to enter Dubai provided they hold a negative COVID‑19 RT‑PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

For passengers arriving from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia, the requirements are that they must hold a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected from an approved health facility. In addition, passengers from these 10 countries must have a rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.


Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport: 

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

This test taken on arrival is free of charge and test results are usually out in 6-8 hours. Travellers are required to isolate at their hotel until the result is received.


All of the above is irrespective of whether a passenger is vaccinated or not. In other words, you don’t need to be vaccinated to travel to Dubai.

Kindly note that the situation (notably in terms of exact PCR test requirements) may fluctuate at any time with limited advance notice. We will update this page again closer to the event with all relevant information.

For further details, please visit the Emirates website.

For further information about other travel conditions in Dubai, please visit the Visit Dubai website.