Passengers Flying To The UAE From Specific Countries To Be Tested Twice

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Passengers Flying To The UAE From Specific Countries To Be Tested Twice

In a recent update, Emirates airline announced that on arrival PCR test will be mandatory only for passengers arriving from select countries. The airline listed out 29 countries, from where passengers must undergo a PCR test upon arrival at DXB. The new rule will be effective from 1 August.

Meanwhile, Here Are The Travel & Testing Rules For Those Travelling Abroad This Summer.

Passengers Arriving From These Countries Must Undergo PCR Test

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Armenia
  3. Brazil
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Djibouti
  6. Egypt
  7. Eritrea
  8. India
  9. Indonesia
  10. Iran
  11. Iraq
  12. Kazakhstan
  13. Kyrgyzstan
  14. Lebanon
  15. Montenegro
  16. Nigeria
  17. Pakistan
  18. Philippines
  19. Russian Federation,
  20. Serbia
  21. Somalia
  22. South Africa
  23. Sri Lanka
  24. Sudan
  25. Tajikistan
  26. Tanzania
  27. Turkmenistan
  28. Uzbekistan
  29. Select airports in the United States
  30. Turkey

The airports in the USA include Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO) — for passengers traveling from California, Florida and Texas. Further, passengers from with a connecting Emirates flight from any part of the world to Dubai, are also included in the list.

As per the new protocol, passengers arriving in DXB or Maktoum International Airport must undergo PCR test. The new rule will be effective from 1 August. On that note, Emirates Becomes World’s First Airline To Offer FREE Covid Cover For Travellers.

All Passengers Must Provide A Negative Covid Test Before Landing In Dubai

The new protocol comes in line with the rule that all passengers landing in DXB must provide a negative covid test. The UAE government announced that a PCR test will be mandatory for ALL passengers arriving at DXB. The rule applies to all tourists, residents, transit passengers, and Emiratis. The PCR test is mandatory for all inbound passengers, regardless of the country they are flying in from. The new rule is effective from August 1, at all UAE airports.

In addition, authorities also confirmed that passengers traveling to Europe, UK, as well as other countries that require a PCR test, must get tested prior to departure. The test will be valid for 96 hours from the date of testing. The recent rule has been put in place in order to curb the spread of Covid. However, kids under 12 and those with other health conditions are exempt from the rule. The new requirements apply to all airlines operating in the UAE.

No Covid Tests For Kids Under 12 Flying From India To UAE

A recent announcement by Air India Express has brought in a sigh of relief to a lot of parents. The airline announced that kids under 12 travelling from India to UAE NEED NOT undergo the Covid PCR test. The announcement came as a reply to one of the queries raised by an Air India passenger, who was confused if her kid must undergo the test. The Air India website mentions it isn’t mandatory, but the call centre said otherwise. Click here to find out more about the rules and guidelines for expats returning to UAE. 

Replying to the query, Air India announced in a statement:

“A valid negative COVID-19 PCR test, from a government-approved laboratory, no older than 96 hours prior to departure is required for travel back to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. For children below 12 years, COVID-19 PCR Test is not mandatory.”

The airlines further stated that as per the recent update, only kids above 12 are required to undergo the PCR test. However, the airlines urged passengers to check updates regularly, as things are subject to change. The airline tweeted: “As per the recent update, it is mandatory only for passengers above 12 years of age. But please check out our blog often to know the recent updates as it may change accordingly. Thank you.”

On that note, Here’s How A Dubai Resident Got Home From India after travelling for 40 Hours.