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Pre-departure PCR test not mandatory for travellers to Dubai

28 Dec 2020

Passengers arriving in Dubai from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain are no longer required to take  a  COVID-19  PCR test prior to their departure. For passengers arriving from these countries, the test will have to be done on arrival in Dubai.

All passengers still have the option of taking the test within 96 hours of departure in their country of origin, the emirate’s Airport Operations Control Centre has stated. 

‘Effective from December 6, passengers arriving from GCC countries are not required to undergo the PCR test before arrival at Dubai International Airport/Al Maktoum International Airport,’ the centre stated. 

This is not applicable to passengers arriving by road through the Hatta border, who must  take  the PCR test within 96 hours of departure.

After taking the PCR test on arrival, passengers are required to remain in their hotel or residence until they receive the test result. ‘If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.’

All those arriving in the country must also download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App. 

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