Holiday Dubai: Free Corona Tests for Tourists

Since July 7 Dubai is welcoming back tourists. So if you are planning to travel to Dubai but worry about the ongoing Coronavirus crisis we have some good news for you: The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognised Dubai as a safe destination. The emirate got a Safe Travels Stamp that validates the stringent hygiene and safety protocols that Dubai has put in place. To enjoy your holiday in Dubai all you need is a Covid-negative certificate and follow the social distancing rules.

Free Covid-19 PCR tests for tourists entering Dubai

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All passengers have to undergo a PCR-test on arrival in Dubai. If you travel to Dubai you have two options:
You can take a Covid-19 PCR test in your home country up to 96 hours before flying to the UAE or opt to undergo testing free of charge on arrival in Dubai.
Tourists with a negative Covid-19 certificate can enter Dubai without undergoing a quarantine or isolation period. Note that you have to present the negative certificate on arrival to Dubai authorities.
According to the Dubai Health Authority all travelers get tested free of charge for Covid-19.
As a precaution, follow-up Corona tests for tourists exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 will be conducted on arrival, even if the passenger has already obtained a negative Corona certificate.

If you get tested on arrival you have to self isolate in the hotel until you receive the negative Corona test result. This might take up to 12 hours. As soon as you receive your negative test result you can leave the hotel and enjoy your holiday in Dubai. If the result is positive you have to follow the advice of the Dubai Health Authority and need to observe a 14-day quarantine at an institutional facility provided by the UAE government at your own expense.

Other requirements for Dubai tourists

All tourists visiting Dubai have to complete a form that states they are free from Coronavirus symptoms. This has to be done before embarking. Health declaration forms will be given to passengers by the airline they are flying with.
It is also necessary to download the Covid-19 DXB app and register your details. The tracing app is important for easy coordination and communication with health authorities if a tourist experience Covid-19 symptoms.

Get a travel insurance

All tourists should have a travel insurance that covers Covid-19 or declare that they would bear the costs for treatment and isolation if required. It is recommended to bring an insurance certificate with Covid-19 coverage and present it at Emirates check-in. Visitors who don’t have a valid medical insurance have to sign a disclaimer untertaking that they will bear all costs of quarantine and treatment.

This Emirates Passengers must carry a negative PCR certificate before departure

Emirates airline announced that a predeparture PCR test is not mandatory for all passengers arriving to Dubai. Currently only passengers flying with Emirates from the following ten countries must hold a negative PCR test before departure:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • USA (Dallas Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight to Dubai)

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