UAE extends validity of Covid-19 PCR test to 96 hours
UAE extends validity of Covid-19 PCR test to 96 hours

On Thursday, authorities said passengers arriving in UAE must undergo Covid-19 tests up to 96 hours before landing in the country.


The period has been extended by 24 hours, from the 72-hour limit announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

The National Authority for Emergency and Crisis and Disaster Management and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation have announced that the time between taking a PCR test for Covid-19 and reaching one should UAE airports not exceed 96 hours, and that the test results be negative.

Dr. Seif Al Dhaheri, NCEMA spokesperson, said that the tests should be conducted only at the accredited centers, and the list is available at

All Emirati residents returning from abroad will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test before traveling. A senior official said during the media conference on Wednesday that all UAE airports will follow this requirement as of Friday, July 24.

In a press briefing yesterday on the latest developments in the Covid-19 system, the authorities also announced that airlines must ensure that all returning residents received negative results from the PCR issued by accredited centers.