At the Dubai International Airport.


Tourist visa, visit visa to Dubai during Covid-19: All you need to know


DUBAI – A health insurance that covers Covid-19 and a pre-departure Covid-19 test report are mandatory for holders of tourist visa or visit visa to Dubai, Amer centres reiterated.

Dubai has reopened visit visa and tourist visa applications from all countries, according to a circular shared with Amer centres.

“There will be no more restrictions coming from any country for all allowed nationalities,” according to the circular.

Currently, Dubai is the only emirate in the UAE issuing visit visas and tourist visas, according to Amer centres.

Starting August 1, all travelers arriving in UAE were required to present a negative Covid-19 test taken not more than 96 hours prior to their flight.

Checklists when applying for tourist visa or visit visa

1. Find out if regular air travel has resumed between UAE and your country of origin. If normal flight operations have not resumed, it is advisable to wait until regular operations resume to avoid travel hassles.

2. Present the following documents:

– Passport copy of applicant

– Photograph with white background

– National ID (from your home country, if applicable)

UAE residents applying for visit visa for family or relatives may be asked to give a copy of their passport and visa page to the travel agency processing the visa. Some nationalities, such as Filipinos, are required to submit an attested Affidavit of Support and Guarantee along with the visit visa application for their relatives. Check with your embassy or consulate for additional requirements.

3. Apply for 30-day or 90-day visa

Visit visa, tourist visa to Dubai: FAQs

What should I 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 a Covid-19 test prior to my flight?

Yes. By August 1, all travelers arriving in UAE must present a negative Covid-19 test taken not more than 96 hours prior to their flight. They will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai airports.

Do I need to have health insurance?

Yes. You need to have a valid international health insurance that covers Covid-19 in order to enter the UAE.

Do I need to apply for GDRFA approval to visit Dubai?

No. Visas are issued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, so you do not need additional application for GDRFA approval to travel to Dubai.

How long does it take for my visit visa or tourist visa to be issued?

Visa approval takes up to three business days.

Are there forms I need to fill?

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

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 Dubai airport?

You will be subjected to thermal screening.

Will I be tested for Covid-19 on arrival in Dubai?

If you come from 29 countries listed by the UAE government, then you will need to undergo Covid-19 test on arrival in Dubai. The 29 countries are:

Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Middle East and Africa: Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania.

Europe: Armenia, Montenegro, Russia and Serbia.

Americas: Brazil, US – Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, and passengers on connecting flights from California, Florida and Texas

Anyone who takes a test on arrival must isolate until they receive their results.

Will tourists be required to undergo quarantine on arrival in Dubai?

If you arrive in Dubai with a valid Covid-19 test report showing a negative test result taken not more than 96 hours prior to your flight, then you do not need to undergo quarantine. If the test is done on arrival at the Dubai airport, you will need to wait in quarantine until your test report is out, and shows you are negative of coronavirus. Violators of quarantine rules will be fined Dh50,000.

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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