PCR Tests – Travelling to Dubai

Please find the changes to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) requirements for passengers travelling to or transiting Dubai.


UAE Resident



Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States (New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Seattle).

Option to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96hrs from the date of the test before departure OR take the COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate that is valid for 96hrs from the date of the test before departure except for passengers coming from the UK and Germany who have the option to take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

COVID-19 PCR test certificate not required unless required by destination country.

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d’lvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United States (California, Florida, Texas), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Two PCR tests are mandatory.
First PCR test before departure with a validity of 96hrs from the date of test.
Second PCR test to be taken on arrival in Dubai.

PCR test mandatory that is valid for 96hrs from the date of test as well as any requirements for final destination.

The test certificates must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.


If you are taking a test before you depart, you must bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted.

Stella Ibiene Obinwa

Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

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