Emirates Airlines has set travel requirements for residents of Dubai, explaining that these procedures apply to all holders of residency visas issued in Dubai who travel to Dubai. And that this information changes frequently, so it is necessary to check again before traveling.
The following are the travel requirements for residents of Dubai:
Dubai residency visa holders traveling to Dubai
Depending on where your UAE visa was issued, you will need to apply to either the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) to obtain approval for return.
Holders of residence visas issued from Dubai
If you hold a Dubai residency visa and wish to return to Dubai, you must obtain approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). This applies to visas issued from Dubai.
Apply when you book your trips with us online, through our call center, or on the website of the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
During the GDRFA application process, you will be asked to enter your resident file number. This number appears on your visa in “File”.
You can also visit the website of the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) to view the status of your application. If your request is approved, you will receive an email containing a reference number for the General Administration of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). If the request was not processed at the time it was submitted, you can try again after four days. There is no need to follow up on the status of the application with the call center or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
Approval of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs is required for Dubai residence visa holders only.
All holders of visas issued from other Emirates
If you hold an entry visa issued by any emirate other than Dubai, you must obtain an entry permit from the federal government through uaeentry.ica.gov.ae
Before you travel
COVID-19 PCR Test Procedure:
If Dubai is your final destination, you must take a COVID 19 PCR test, obtain a negative result 96 hours before departure and bring the certificate upon check-in, including travelers on transit trips in Dubai arriving from certain destinations.
The test must be taken no more than 96 hours before departure time.
The certificate shall be for the PCR test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home tests are not acceptable in Dubai.
Bring an official printed certificate when checking in – SMS and digital certificates will not be accepted. You will not be accepted on board a flight without a printed negative test result certificate.
If you are traveling on a transit trip in Dubai
The COVID 19 PCR test is no longer required for all travelers – it is only mandatory for those arriving from the following countries or / and when the destination country requests it:
Middle East and Africa: Angola, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Syria, Eritrea, Kenya, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, South Sudan, Djibouti, Guinea , Zimbabwe, Iran, Lebanon, Israel
Europe: the Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, Malta, Georgia, Ukraine, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Moldova
Asia, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan
North America: United States of America (California, Florida, and Texas)
South America: Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Children up to 12 years of age and people of determination travelers who have moderate or severe disability are exempt from this test.
UAE citizens are exempt from taking a PCR test prior to their departure from the point of origin for Dubai. They will be tested on arrival in Dubai.
Covid 19 laboratories:
The UAE government has identified specific laboratories. You can use the recommended laboratories on the list or any reliable and accredited laboratories in your country of origin to take the COVID-19 PCR test.
If you are traveling from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh, you must take the test in one of the laboratories listed in the approved laboratories document in order to be accepted on the flight.
When checking in
All travelers to Dubai, including those traveling on transit trips, must complete the health declaration form and submit it to the staff when completing the travel procedures. You can download the form now and bring it with you to the airport, or you can complete it when checking in.
During your trip
You must also complete the quarantine form that will be provided on board the plane if Dubai is your final destination. Please hand this form to the DHA staff upon arrival.
Present the Quarantine Pledge Form to Dubai Health Authority staff upon arrival.
You may need to undergo another PCR test to detect coronavirus upon arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must stay at your residence until the test result is received.
If the test result is positive, you will be required to go into isolation and follow Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
You also have to download COVID19 – DXB Smart App iOS – Android
Dubai residents traveling from Dubai
Travelers will only need to take PCR tests if requested by the country they are traveling to.
If you travel from Dubai and return to it, the above procedures will apply to the return trip.
Residents of Dubai do not need to obtain approval from the Dubai government to leave. However, you must obtain approval to return.
Please check the requirements of the country you are traveling to. Travel regulations change frequently. You may need to have a COVID 19 PCR test before you leave or another specific type of COVID 19 test as determined by your destinations.
Here is a list of accredited laboratories to conduct the Corona virus detection test in Dubai, where you can take the test before traveling to your destination.
We offer free automatic coverage of COVID 19 health and quarantine costs while you travel abroad. Find out more.
Special rates for COVID 19 PCR testing for Emirates travelers
Emirates Airlines travelers can take a COVID 19 PCR test at a special price of 150 dirhams at American Hospital Dubai Media City Clinic, American Hospital Al Barsha Clinic and American Hospital Al Khawaneej Clinic (opening end of September). The test can be taken at home or in the office in Dubai for at least two travelers, for 250 dirhams. Test results will be available within 48 hours.
Passengers are required to present a valid air ticket or boarding pass (departure within one month of the test date), and an ID card to take the COVID 19 PCR test at these rates.
Passengers are required to take the test within the period required by their destination and Emirates will not be held responsible if test results do not appear in time for travel.
Traveling from Dubai to China
There are special requirements and documents for the Coronavirus screening test that you need to complete if you are traveling from Dubai to China. Please check procedures and requirements for traveling to China before traveling.
Traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
There are specific rules that you should adhere to when traveling to Abu Dhabi by land. All travelers entering Abu Dhabi must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours in advance. Depending on the length of your stay in the UAE, you may be required to undergo a quarantine.
In the event that you travel to Abu Dhabi immediately after your arrival in Dubai, you must bring a certificate of negative COVID 19 PCR test result issued no more than 96 hours in advance and take the DPI test at the border. You must also be quarantined for a period of 14 days and wear a tracking bracelet. Quarantine may be at home, in a hotel, or in a place of residence provided by health authorities. After 12 days you should take another COVID 19 PCR test. If the test result is negative, you can take off the tracker after 14 days. If the test result is positive, you must follow the guidelines of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority.
If you have stayed in the UAE for up to 14 days
The quarantine period will be reduced by the number of days you stay in other emirates. For example, if you stayed in Dubai for 10 days before entering Abu Dhabi, the number of quarantine days for you would be 4 days after entering Abu Dhabi.
If you stayed for more than 14 days in another emirate before entering Abu Dhabi
You must submit negative COVID 19 PCR test results or negative DPI laser blood test results issued no more than 96 hours prior to your arrival at the Abu Dhabi border. If you will be staying in Abu Dhabi for six consecutive days or more, you are required to have another COVID-19 PCR test by the sixth day. Providing these tests is a legal requirement. Find out where to take the test in Dubai before entering Abu Dhabi.
Resumption of flights
It should be noted that restrictions applied to travel and travel related to the Corona pandemic are still in effect in many countries around the world. Moreover, we are closely monitoring the development of the situation, and we hope to resume the provision of services as soon as conditions allow us to do so. This includes obtaining government approvals, easing travel restrictions and resuming commercial travel. We will announce the resumption of services when the situation allows us to do so. Find out the destinations we fly to and from.
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