Dubai has been open to tourists of all nationalities since July, provided they present a negative COVID-19 test certificate within 72 hours of arrival. Initially, officials allowed tourists to skip the pre-departure test and instead get tested on arrival – including using trained dogs to spy out the novel coronavirus – though that option was soon removed.
But Dubai will now reintroduce the option of being tested on arrival for travelers from Germany and the UK. Emirates explained the changes in a statement but did not say whether passengers are expected to pay for the test. Private pre-departure testing is typically around $ 145.
All other travelers will still have to pay for a private pre-departure test, but the validity has been extended from 72 hours to 96 hours. The test must be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which usually takes between 24 and 48 hours, to be performed in a specialized laboratory. Rapid coronavirus tests are not currently accepted.
However, travelers from 54 countries, including parts of the US, are required to take a test before departure and a second test upon arrival in Dubai if they plan to stay in the emirate for an extended period. Transit passengers who stay on the airside only need a test before departure.
The full list of countries where travelers are required to take two tests is:
Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cyprus, 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, USA (California, Florida, Texas), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Passengers from the following countries just need to get a test before departure:
Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States (New York, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, Seattle)
UAE residents traveling from the above countries can also take a single test upon arrival in Dubai. Travelers wishing to take the test on arrival will likely need to self-isolate while their tests are processed.
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