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At the Dubai International Airport.

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Pre-departure Covid test report for Filipinos, Indians, Pakistani traveling to Dubai

 

DUBAI – Travellers from the Philippines, India and Pakistan are among those from 12 countries required to present a negative Covid-19 test report before they are allowed to board their flight to Dubai.

Starting July 7, Dubai authorities have allowed travelers to enter the emirate under certain conditions, one of them proving that they are not infected with coronavirus.

However, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority clarified this week that not all passengers heading to Dubai are required to provide a Covid-19 negative test report before boarding their flight. These passengers may opt to have their Covid-19 test upon arrival at Dubai airport.

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However, for passengers coming from Philippines, India, Pakistan and nine other countries, providing a negative Covid-19 test report from an accredited testing facility is mandatory so that they will be allowed to board their flight.

Accredited Covid-19 testing centers in Philippines, India and Pakistan

In the Philippines, there are 85 accredited testing facilities where travelers can get their Covid-19 test. Click here for list

In Pakistan, Covid-19 tests can be done through these accredited facilities: Chughtai Labs, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, Aga Khan University Hospital and Islamabad Diagnostic Centre.

In India, there are 841 accredited laboratories. Check the full list here.

List of Dubai-bound travelers required to present Covid-19 test

According to a list of guidelines posted by Emirates airline,  passengers who are required to present a negative Covid-19 test report ahead of their flight are those coming from the following countries or if they travelled from the countries listed below and have a connecting flight to Dubai:

Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Egypt
India
Iran
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Russian Federation
Sudan
Tanzania
US – Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, including passengers from California, Florida and Texas on a connecting flight to Dubai.

Click here for accredited test centres per country

According to Emirates, all other passengers may take a Covid-19 test 96 hours before their flight and bring their test result when they travel. They may also have the test done on arrival in Dubai.

New Dubai rules for arriving tourists

Do I need a visa to enter the UAE?

Yes. You need full entry visa requirement to visit the UAE.

What should do prior to my flight to Dubai?

You must download the Covid-19 DXB app to register your details to health authorities.

Do I need to have health insurance?

Yes. You need to have a valid international health insurance in order to enter the UAE.

Do I need to undergo Covid-19 testing prior to my flight to Dubai?

Yes, if you are coming from the countries listed above. All other tourists may undergo a PCR test for Covid-19 with a maximum validity of four days or 96 hours prior to their date of departure.

What if I can not provide Covid-19 test results?

You will undergo a PCR test on arrival at the Dubai airport.

Are there forms I need to fill?

Yes. You need to fill the Health Declaration Form before embarking on your flight.

Do I need to wear a facemask at the airport?

Yes. You must wear a facemask at the airport. You must also follow physical distancing guidelines.

What if I develop Covid-19 symptoms?

You will not be allowed to board your flight if you display any Covid-19 symptoms.

What will happen when I arrive at the Dubai airport?

You will be subjected to thermal screening.

What if I show Covid-19 symptoms at the airport?

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, Dubai Airports medical personnel will test you to ensure you are free of coronavirus.

What if I test positive for Covid-19?

You must register your details on the COVID-19 DXB app and isolate yourself at a government provided facility for 14 days at your own expense. ICA/Expat Media


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