Traveling To Dubai? Here Is Updated Testing Rules For Travelers From India, UK, 10 Other Countries

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Emirates the Dubai based full-service carrier has recently announced new Covid-19 testing rules for travelers arriving into Dubai 12 countries, including India and the United Kingdom (UK)

The airline in a notification on its website said that passengers from these countries will have to have to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test report with a validity of 48 hours.

Moreover, there are specific requirements for passengers traveling from the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Lebanon
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • United Kingdom
  • Vietnam and
  • Zambia

Also Read: UK Announces New Travel Rules, Removed Pre-Departure Testing For Vaccinated Travelers Starting Jan 09

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Testing Rules For Travelers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, and Zambia

For passengers arriving from these countries, it is mandatory that the COVID 19 RT PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes.

The QR code must be presented at check-in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival at Dubai airports.

Requirements for passengers from these countries arriving in Dubai or using Dubai as a connection hub:

  • A valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted within 48 hours. The validity should be calculated from the time the sample was collected, prior to departure from an approved health facility.
  • A rapid COVID-19 PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.

Testing Rules For Travelers From United Kingdom (UK)

Effective January 2, 2022, all passengers travelling from the UK to Dubai must hold a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 48 hours before departure and the certificate must be for a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test.

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The RT PCR test result certificate must state the location of where the sample was taken. NHS COVID 19 test certificates are not accepted for travel from the UK.

Also Read: Hong Kong Suspends Flights From India, US, UK, Five Other Countries Starting Jan 8

Testing Rules For Passengers From Lebanon

All passengers traveling on Emirates flights from Lebanon (inbound Dubai or in-transit Dubai) must present a 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.

Only passengers holding negative COVID 19 RT PCR test certificates issued by trusted and certified laboratories with a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes must be accepted for travel on the flight.

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Testing Rules For Passengers From Indonesia, Egypt, Vietnam

For passengers arriving from these countries, it is mandatory that the COVID 19 RT PCR report includes a QR code linked to the original report for verification purposes.

The QR code must be presented at check in and to representatives of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon arrival at Dubai airports. The PCR test must be conducted within 72 hours of departure.


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