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What are the entry COVID-19 entry requirements for Dubai?

With travel requirements regularly changing, we have compiled the entry requirements for travel to Dubai.

Who can travel to Dubai?

Dubai is currently open to the following:

  • Tourists
  • Business Travellers
  • Partners to Foreign Nationals
  • Foreign Nationals
  • Permanent Residence holders

If you are a Dubai resident, you must apply for a permit to return to the country on the Dubai Government General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs website.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before entering Dubai?

All arrivals to Dubai must take a PCR before travelling to Dubai, regardless of vaccination status. The PCR test results must not be more than 72hrs old. Travellers will also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB app. To visit Dubai you must have international travel insurance before travelling. 

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Dubai?

No, currently there is no requirement for travellers to quarantine when arriving in Dubai.

Are bars and restaurants open in Dubai?

Yes, bars and restaurants are open, subject to social distancing requirements. Non-essential businesses are also open but subject to restrictions in order to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Will I have to wear a mask in Dubai?

Masks and social distancing is mandatory in most places outside your home. Mandatory social distancing and mask wearing also applies in hotels when you are not in your room. Of course, some exemptions may apply. 

What do I need to do to return to the UK?

All travellers re-entering the UK, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take an Antigen test before returning to the UK as well as a Day 2 PCR test. Until you receive a negative PCR test result, you MUST self-isolate.

To book your Antigen or PCR test at one of our locations, please visit our booking page.

If you require further information on travel entry requirements, testing requirements or other travel information, please check the UK Government travel guidance page.


*The information in this article was correct as of 09/12/21.

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