Travelling to Dubai – Things You Need to Know

Dubai is one of the most visited places on Earth. Known for its lavish shopping, luxurious hotels and resorts, popular nightlife, awe-inspiring architecture, and the bigger and better everything. However, before travelers make a trip to this jaw-dropping city, there are a few very important things they should know.

Tourists travelling to Dubai:

Before you book

Check if you need a visa. Depending on your nationality you can get a visa on arrival, or you can apply for your prearranged visit visa from Dubai Immigration before you travel.

Before you travel
There may be specific departure requirements in your country before you leave. Check the information on our Travel Requirements page.

Take a COVID‑19 PCR test:

  • If Dubai is your final destination, you must take a negative COVID‑19 PCR test 96 hours before departure and bring the certificate to check‑in. This includes passengers connecting in Dubai from certain destinations.
  • The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure.
  • The certificate must be for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.
  • Bring an official, printed certificate in English or Arabic to check‑in – SMS and digital certificates are not accepted. Without a printed negative test certificate, you will not be accepted on the flight.

At check‑in

  • All travellers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form and give it to the staff at check‑in. You can download it now and bring it to the airport with you, or you can complete it at check‑in.

During your flight

  • If Dubai is your final destination, you will need to complete the quarantine undertaking form given to you on board. Give this form to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.

Arrival at Dubai and Quarantine requirements

There will be multiple health screenings to pass through immigration. Travellers visiting Dubai won’t be expected to quarantine if they present recent clean test results.

  • Keep a negative RT PCR test handy (taken within 96 hours of departure time)
  • Expect to undergo health screenings at airports and some other ports of entry
  • Download and monitor the COVID-19 DXB app
  • Fill and submit the acknowledgement form to officials on arrival in the city.

Preventative measures in the city

You will be required to don masks and gloves in public spaces. It is also wise to maintain apt social distancing in public areas, as violations can lead to hefty fines.

Things that are open in Dubai

Nearly all sectors in Dubai have opened. Among the attractions, there are private beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, museums, and a lot more. One must adhere to strict social distancing protocols at these spaces.

Make the most of your trip to the mesmerising city, and stay safe.