Dubai Government & Dubai Airports Require Negative Covid-19 Test From All Passenger To/From/Transiting Effective August 1, 2020 (All Airlines)


Dubai and Dubai Airports (DXB & DWC) will require all passengers arriving and transiting through Dubai to have a negative Covid-19 test administered within 96 hours of departure effective August 1, 2020.

Passengers departing from Dubai to the European Union and the United Kingdom are required to have a negative Covid-19 certificate. Passengers from select destinations may need to complete another PCR Covid-19 test upon arriving at DXB.

Here’s the most recent update:

Latest Covid-19 Update Jul 26, 2020, 11:00 AM

Dubai Airports confirms its continued readiness to support the increase in scheduled passenger flights for approved airlines following the re-opening of airspace by UAE authorities as well as the Dubai government’s decision to permit UAE residents to travel to and from Dubai International and low/medium risk countries (after meeting appropriate health and safety conditions) from June 23 and tourists from July 7, 2020.

PCR testing

Passengers are advised that effective from 01st August 2020 the following conditions must be met for all flights to/from DXB or DWC:

  • All citizens, residents, tourists and transit passengers are required to obtain a negative COVID19 certificate before arriving into DXB or DWC.
  • All passengers including citizens, residents and tourists departing from DXB or DWC to the European Union or United Kingdom are required to carry a negative COVID19 certificate.
  • Children under the age of 12 and children with moderate to severe disabilities are exempt from PCR test requirements.
  • Negative COVID19 certificates will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time of the PCR test
  • Some passengers may be required to complete another PCR test upon arrival in DXB

For further information, passengers are strongly advised to contact their airline of choice prior to travel.

Airport procedures

In order to maintain public safety and physical distancing requirements, all passengers departing from DXB are reminded to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only valid ticket holders will be allowed into the terminal building
  • You must not go to the airport more than four (4) hours before your scheduled flight time
  • Protective gloves and mask must be worn by all travelers
  • Passengers displaying symptoms are advised to not come to the airport and seek medical advice.


This is a tough requirement for many who are just transiting in Dubai because it is impossible to administer and receive Covid-19 test results within 96 hours in many countries/cities that Emirates flies from.

These travel and now even transit requirements are continually changing. I would not buy any travel on Emirates before things settle down (and they pay out the refunds for canceled flights – one thing that the airline hasn’t done), and you can be sure to be allowed to enter/transit through Dubai and be 100% sure that you can enter the destination country (difficult to predict unless you are a citizen or permanent resident).