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Dubai updates protocols for inbound passengers

Validity period of PCR test now reduced to 72 hours


The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai has updated the city's travel protocols for inbound passengers, effective from Sunday, 31 January 2021.

The updates are part of the Committee’s mandate to protect passengers and ease their experience without compromising COVID-19 precautionary measures.

UAE residents, GCC citizens, and visitors are required to do a PCR test prior to departure for Dubai irrespective of the country of departure. Arrivals from certain countries (based on the pandemic situation in those countries) require an additional test on arrival in Dubai.

Protocols will remain the same for UAE citizens returning to the country from overseas, which exempts them from undergoing a PCR test prior to departure, regardless of the country they are coming from. They will only be required to conduct a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.

The committee has also decided to reduce the validity period of PCR tests from 96 hours to 72 hours.

It has directed Dubai Airports Company to provide Rapid PCR or Rapid Antigen testing at Dubai airports, in cooperation with relevant authorities, to facilitate travel procedures for passengers departing from Dubai to countries that require this type of pre-travel test, in accordance with the time-frame specified.

The updated travel protocols are part of a regular process of revising and optimizing precautionary measures based on the latest local, regional, and international developments. They are also aimed at enabling the city to continue serving as a global commercial hub and a bridge for travel and trade between the east and west.