Negative COVID-19 test certificates are required by several airlines, please see the airlines' updates below.
Travelling to and via Dubai on or after 1 August 2020
- From 1 August 2020 all passengers arriving in Dubai from any destination, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a negative printed COVID-19 test certificate to be accepted on the flight. The test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure of the Emirates operated flight. This excludes children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability. A printed negative COVID-19 test certificate will need to be presented at check-in for both outbound and inbound journeys.
- If the UAE government has specified a designated laboratory in the passenger’s country of origin, then they must get the certificate from that lab. If it is not specified, please use an accredited lab in their country of departure.
- Passengers may need to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival. If passengers take a test at the airport, they must remain in their hotel or residence until they receive the test result. If the test result is positive, the client will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines. Passengers must also download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App, links are available click for both iOS and Android.
- All travellers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form and give it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.
- Passengers will also need to complete the quarantine undertaking form provided on board if Dubai is your final destination. They will hand this form to the Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival.
Departing from Dubai on or after 1 August:
- All passengers travelling from Dubai to UK or Europe (and other mandated destinations) will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours before departure and present the test result certificate at check-in.
- Before you travel, please check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. You may need to take a printed COVID-19 PCR test before you depart.
Costs incurred for COVID-19 tests must be covered by the passenger.
From 1 August, passengers flying Etihad Airways from any worldwide airport outside of Abu Dhabi to all destinations, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test 96 hours before departure. If you are travelling from Abu Dhabi to a European Union country or the United Kingdom, you will also require a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test before you travel. Passengers should always check travel regulations for their final destination before they fly at etihad.com/destinationguide.
Children under 12 and people of determination are exempt from COVID-19 PCR testing.
Guests travelling to Abu Dhabi as their final destination before 31 July, must continue to have ICA approval and present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an approved clinic at check-in.
COVID-19 PCR testing information
Passenngers will only be permitted to fly if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. If there are approved Pure Health medical facilities in their departure country, their test result must be issued by a Pure Health approved medical facility - test results from other clinics will not be accepted. Passengers must travel within 96 hours of conducting their test.
If a passenger tests positive or they are unable to present proof of their negative COVID-19 PCR test before their flight, they will not be permitted to travel. They can rearrange their flight for free, or cancel and use the value of their flight towards their next trip with Etihad Credit. Find out more at etihadhub.com.
Last updated: 29/07/2020