Dubai Announces New Travel Protocols For Inbound Passengers

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Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management on Wednesday announced new travel protocols which will be effective from Sunday 31 Jan.

The protocols have been updated to protect passengers and ease hassles for them without compromising on COVID-19 precautionary measures put in place to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Here is what the new protocols have to say:

What The New Protocols Say

  • UAE citizens will be required to do a PCR test only on arrival in Dubai regardless of the country they are coming from.
  • UAE residents, GCC citizens, and visitors travelling to Dubai will need to do a pre-travel PCR test, irrespective of the country they are coming from. Arrivals from some countries (based on the COVID-19 situation there) may be required to undergo an additional test when landing in Dubai.
  • Validity period of PCR tests has been reduced from 96 hours to 72 hours.

Protocols for travellers departing from Dubai

  • A Rapid PCR or Rapid Antigen test will be available at the airport to travellers departing from Dubai if their destination country requires it.

Regular revision of protocols

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said the updated travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimising precautionary measures based on the latest local, regional and international developments. They are also aimed at enabling the city to continue serving as a global commercial hub and a bridge for travel and trade between the east and west.


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