Emirates Requires Negative Covid-19 From Select Destinations Effective July 10, 2020

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Emirates has been slowly ramping up its flight activity after grounding most fleet, sans few cargo and expatriation flights, for a couple of weeks this spring.

The airline will require, starting tomorrow, from July 10, 2020, that passengers originating from Covid-19 hotspots to have a negative Covid-19 test administered no more than 96 hours before departure.

You can access the Emirates page for the announcement here.

Here’s the announcement from Emirates:

Effective 10 July onwards, all passengers travelling with Emirates from the countries or airports specified below have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. Where specified, a certificate from a UAE government designated laboratory in the country of origin is also acceptable.

Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure.

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Iran
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russian Federation
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • USA – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight to Dubai.


The United States is accompanied with quite a selection of countries here.

I guess that Emirates tries to limit their exposure in the case of Covid-19 positive passengers that could infect crew members, other travelers, and in the worst-case, denied entry to the destination country.

Not sure how easy and affordable it is to get proper Covid-19 test, acceptable to Emirates, done at some of these origins?