Dubai Ends Pre-Departure PCR Test Requirements For Travelers From India, 3 Other Countries Starting Feb 22


A Piece of Good News for Those Planning to Travel to Dubai: With immediate effect, Dubai has lifted the necessity of a Rapid PCR test at the airport conducted within 6 hours prior to departure to the Emirate in the UAE for travelers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

However, they are still required to undergo a Rapid PCR test conducted within 48 hours of departure and show a negative test result to board a flight to Dubai.

Till now all passengers to Dubai from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are required to undergo three Covid-19 tests;

  • An RT-PCR negative test report (with a valid QR code), with the sample collected within 48 hours.
  • A Rapid-PCR conducted at the airport within 6 hours prior to departure to Dubai and
  • A free on-arrival RT-PCR at Dubai Airport.

This means, now they have to undergo only two Covid-19 tests and the best part is the requirement of the most expensive ‘Rapid PCR’ test has gone now.


It must be noted that as a pilot the same rule was implemented for all passengers traveling on Emirates, flyDubai, Air India, and IndiGo via direct flight from Kolkata to Dubai.

Covid-19 RAPID RT PCR Test Mengaluru Airport
Rapid PCR Testing Facility At Mengaluru Airport

New Travel Rules For To Dubai

As per a trade circular issued by Emirates airlines, below are the revised travel protocol for passenger’s from India to Dubai.

Traveling From India, Effective 22nd Feb 2022 08:00 Hrs. UAE LT

Test Requirement72 Hours PCR48 Hours PCR05 Hours PCRPCR On ArrivalFinal Destination
Destination DXBNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot Required
Transiting DXBNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredRequired

For passengers having final destination Dubai:

  • Must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted at an approved facility within 48 hours of departure. Validity must be calculated from the time the sample was collected.
  • Must undergo COVID 19 PCR test on arrival and must remain in self quarantine until they receive the test result.

For passengers transiting via Dubai:

  • All transiting passengers are not required to present a COVID 19 PCR test certificate unless it is mandated by their final destination.

PCR Test Exemptions:

The following categories of passengers are exempted from PCR Test requirements:

  • UAE nationals are exempt from taking a COVID-19 PCR test before departing for Dubai. They must be tested on arrival in Dubai, irrespective if they are holding a valid negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate from the point of origin.
  • This is also applicable for passengers accompanying a 1st degree UAE nationals’ relative or domestic worker escorting a UAE national sponsor during travel.
  • Children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability are exempt from taking a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.


Travelers to Dubai will no longer require a rapid PCR test prior to boarding the flight from India starting February 22, 2022, at 8 a.m. Dubai Time (9:30 a.m. India Time).


Only a negative RT-PCR test report within 48 hours of departure and a free on-arrival RT-PCR test at Dubai Airport will be required.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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