Emirates Airlines confirmed on Monday, October 26 that residents in the UAE and tourists from specific countries will now undergo the Covid-19 RT-PCR test before arriving in Dubai.
Residents and tourists are now required to take one test before departure with a validity of 96 hours from the date of the test, and a second test upon arrival in Dubai. While this has been practical at the airport since August, the airline has now released a list of countries where two RT-PCR tests have been performed, one prior to departure and one in Dubai, that are mandatory.
Travelers from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh must obtain their certificates from one of the laboratories listed in the designated laboratory document to be accepted on the flight.
"If you do get tested at the airport, you must stay at your hotel or residence until you receive the test result. If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow Dubai Health Authority guidelines," said the airline based.
Moreover, tourists from another list of countries have been given the option to present a negative Covid19 PCR test certificate valid for 96 hours from the test date prior to departure or to take a Covid19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.
Emirates Airlines has also required all passengers arriving in Dubai to bring printed copies of their test results, in either English or Arabic, upon check-in. The airline declared that "SMS text messages and digital certificates are not accepted".
Emirates has also revised its rules for transporting passengers from select countries, as they are required to obtain a negative Covid19 PCR test certificate valid for 96 hours from the date of the test, along with any requirements for their final destination.
"The test certificates should be for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates, including antibody tests and home test kits, are not acceptable in Dubai," she said.
The revised rules apply to passengers traveling from these countries:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda Ukraine, the United States (California, Florida, and Texas), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Travelers from some countries can choose to take the test in Dubai
Residents of the UAE coming from a separate list of countries have been given the option to present a negative Covid19 PCR test certificate valid for 96 hours from the test date prior to departure or to take a Covid19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai.
He explained: "Tourists must present a negative Covid19 PCR test certificate valid for 96 hours from the date of the test before departure, excluding passengers from the United Kingdom and Germany who have the option to take the Covid19 PCR test upon arrival in Dubai." UAE.
Transit travelers from these countries are not required to present a Covid19 PCR test certificate unless required by the passenger's final destination.